White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Friday’s briefing that the administration is fine with pro-abortion activists targeting Supreme Court justices at restaurants where they are eating dinner.
Jean-Pierre was asked about an incident involving Justice Brett Kavanaugh that took place at a DC restaurant on Thursday evening.
Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden is fine with pro-abortion activists protesting outside the restaurant where Justice Brett Kavanaugh was eating pic.twitter.com/pOILFiwwaw
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 8, 2022
As Timcast previously reported, Justice Kavanaugh had to leave through a back door of Morton’s Steakhouse in DC after pro-abortion protesters showed up.
The pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us, who previously doxed the home addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices took credit for the protest and claimed that they were tipped off by a Morton’s employee.
The tip about Kavanaugh dining at Morton’s came through our text line 413-FOR-RUTH. No privacy for us? No peace for you, #SCOTUS6! https://t.co/OhaGPNaoDe
— Ruth Sent Us 🪧 (@RuthSentUs) July 8, 2022
“The tip about Kavanaugh dining at Morton’s came through our text line 413-FOR-RUTH. No privacy for us? No peace for you, #SCOTUS6!” the group tweeted.
One of our regular Wed #SCOTUS6 protestors sent this text: “Morton’s needed me to work tonight but mother f*cking Brett Kavanaugh is here eating. He could probably hear you from the street.” RT
The nation’s rage is growing. What would you do if you were his waiter? #SummerofRage pic.twitter.com/LFbFnFpYxZ
— Ruth Sent Us 🪧 (@RuthSentUs) July 6, 2022
When asked about the incident by Peter Doocy of Fox News, the White House press secretary said “people should be allowed to do that.”
“Outside of a restaurant, if it’s peaceful… for sure,” she said.
Doocy, clearly surprised by her answer, asked her to clarify if SCOTUS judges have no right to privacy.
“But Peter, this is, this is… people have the right — this is what a democracy is,” she said.
The White House previously refused to condemn the activists protesting outside the homes of the conservative justices.
“These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that the kind of thing this president wants to help your side make their point?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked during a White House press briefing on May 5.
Jen Psaki says Biden has no position on pro-abortion activists posting a map of the HOME ADDRESSES of Supreme Court justices pic.twitter.com/MKoDJLr8CW
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“I think the president’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document,” Psaki responded. “We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected. We want people to protest peacefully if they want to protest. That is certainly what the president’s view would be.”
Psaki later tweeted that, “[President Joe Biden] strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest, but that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”