Sen. Tim Scott had something to say about the state of the situation involving the U.S. Supreme Court during an interview published this week, and he clearly wasn’t happy.
In an exclusive with The Daily Wire, the South Carolina Republican decried Democrats who have stayed silent for weeks following reports of threats against conservative SCOTUS justices who signed on to a leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.
What’s more, he called the Biden Justice Department’s refusal to enforce a federal statute prohibiting protests in front of justices’ homes “despicable.”
Last week, reports said that government officials are investigating threats to murder the justices, burn down or storm the court, and attack houses of worship. These threats “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling,” said a Department of Homeland Security memo.
“It is disgusting, despicable, and undeniable that the Department of Justice needs to stand up and take care, protect our justices and their families,” Scott told The Daily Wire. “This is a real threat that should be taken seriously.”
He emphasized that it is “our responsibility to stand in the gap” to protect both the American judicial system and the justices themselves, saying, “Count me in.”
“I would hope that all Americans would come together to defend the right embedded in our Constitution to free speech,” he said. “I would hope that we would send a clear message to folks who want to intimidate our justices: Not here, not now, not ever.”
Asked what role Democratic rhetoric surrounding Roe v. Wade has played in the rising anger from pro-abortion activists, Scott blasted those lawmakers who have kept silent on the threats to the justices and to the court.
“When you don’t stand up against those folks in your party or in your centers of influence, the credibility is lost,” he said. “They have to stand up and say, ‘That is wrong. This is not the way we address the issue.’”
The Daily Wire adds:
The White House issued a statement condemning acts of “violence, threats, or vandalism” after vandals set fire to a pro-life clinic in Wisconsin, scrawling on the clinic wall: “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”
But the White House has not discouraged protesters from demonstrating at the homes of the justices. Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, addressing the protesting at the justices homes, said that Biden’s view is that “there’s a lot of passion.”