A witness to a pro-abortion protest outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh earlier this week described what he saw in disturbing terms.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Douglas Blair, a news editor for The Daily Signal, called the protest one of the “scariest” things he had ever seen, adding that he believes the demonstration sought to intimidate Kavanaugh into changing his decision to sign on to a leaked draft ruling written in February by Justice Samuel Alito overturning Roe v. Wade and returning of abortion to the states.
“This is an attempt at intimidation. And I think it really says a lot, too, that the Biden administration is willing to absolutely let these justices out to dry,” Blair told the program.
“They’re not going to say, ‘It’s not acceptable for you to go to somebody’s house and yell and scream.’ That’s not how we do it in this country,” he continued.
“I did not see Justice Kavanaugh. My hope is that he wasn’t home. My hope is that he was safe with his family somewhere else because it was genuinely one of the scariest things I’ve ever witnessed,” Blair continued.
“Watching these people yell and scream and try and change the vote of what is most possibly the most important vote in the history of this country: the right to live your life and to have a human being survive in the womb,” he said.
Federal law prohibits protests outside the personal residences of judges, justices, jurors, and officers of the court.
In an op-ed, the Washington Examiner’s editorial board noted as much this week:
Passionate protests always have the potential to turn violent, which is why it definitely matters where they happen. It is one thing to protest outside city hall, a police station, or the Supreme Court. It is an entirely different act to protest outside a mayor’s personal residence or a police officer’s house.
In 2020, unfortunately, many Black Lives Matter protesters crossed this line, demonstrating in residential neighborhoods, especially outside of mayors’ homes, many of which were vandalized.
This is why federal law prohibits picketing or parading in front of the home of a judge, juror, witness, or officer of the court under pain of up to one year in prison. Efforts to intimidate people within the legal system are an offense against judicial independence, a key prerequisite to democracy.
If protesters want to demonstrate outside the Supreme Court, that is fine. But going into a judge’s neighborhood and marching in front of his or her home is too far. It is a dangerous act of intimidation that should be roundly criticized.
The Biden administration has instead chosen to encourage such illegal protests, and this is worthy of condemnation.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was given no less than four chances to condemn plans by far-left groups to pay activists to protest at the homes of justices. She declined every opportunity.
“Look, 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 said. “I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest.”
She appeared unaware that the U.S. government already has a position on this.