(Pamela Cosel, Headline USA) In typical fashion, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a reversal of opinion in a statement about protests held outside the homes of Supreme Court justices this past weekend.
Psaki initially stated in an interview on May 5 that the White House did not “have an official U.S. government position on where people protest,” thereby not condemning such actions.
Angry activists staged protests on Saturday at the homes of two Supreme Court conservative justices, over the leaked draft opinion that indicated Roe v. Wade would be reversed. The leak was widely condemned as a serious break in court protocol, even as leftists like Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., gave the breach a giant shrug.
Roberts has ordered the Marshal of the Court to begin investigating who leaked the document, calling it “a singular and egregious breach” of trust, according to CNN.
In a Tweet posted Monday reversing last week’s position on how protesters should respond to the leak, Psaki stated, “Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.”
.@POTUS 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.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 9, 2022
Despite Psaki’s previous claim that there is no official government position on where people protest, existing statute is pretty clear on the matter, and for good reason.
Such protests also impact families and neighbors of the justices. Nearly 100 abortion activists on May 7 were staged at Brett Kavanaugh’s home, in addition to Chief Justice John Roberts’ residence, according to the New York Post.
The home addresses of the justices were made public by a group called Ruth Sent Us.
The group intended to protest Monday night at the home of Justice Sam Alito, according to a post by Ruth Sent Us. In response to the threatened invasion of his private property, Alito had been moved to an undisclosed location, reported Breitbart.
Vice President Kamala Harris’s viewpoint was obvious: she believes overturning Roe v. Wade would put “the rights of all Americans” at risk, and she encouraged people to fight.
“This is the time to fight for women and for our country with everything we have.”