Sen. Ted Cruz did not mince words in calling out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) over their incendiary rhetoric following the arrest of a 26-year-old California man who has been charged with attempting to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“The left is angry and the rhetoric that comes from their political leaders, from the radical extreme, is getting more and more heightened. And the problem is what we saw early this morning with the lunatic that came to murder Justice Kavanaugh,” the Texas Republican said Wednesday following news of the arrest of Nicholas John Roske, who was found to be armed with a gun, a knife, and several other pieces of gear.
Cruz also ripped President Joe Biden and his administration for encouraging illegal protests outside the homes of justices.
“It is a crime, it is a felony to protest outside a judge’s home while a judge is considering a case. You have Joe Biden’s White House urging people to commit felonies. And we’re seeing the effect of their rhetoric and it’s dangerous,” he told Fox News.
In March, Schumer addressed a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court building in which he appeared to threaten Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch:
“Now, we stand here today because behind me, inside the walls of this court, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments, as you know, for the first major abortion rights cases since Kavanaugh and Gorsuch came to the bench.
“We know what’s at stake.
“Over the last three years, women’s reproductive rights have come under attack in a way we haven’t seen in modern history.
“From Louisiana to Missouri, to Texas, Republican legislatures are waging a war on women, all women, and they’re taking away fundamental rights.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price.
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.
Cruz said Roske allegedly “follow[ed] through on deranged rhetoric from elected Democrats,” pointing to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., calling for supporters to confront Republicans at “gasoline stations” and the like.
He also faulted the Biden administration for “encouraging” illegal protests in front of justices’ Maryland and Virginia residences.
He cited former Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki as saying in May that the president supports peaceful protests at judges’ homes following the Roe leak.
“The radical Left hates their political opponents and they condone violence as a means of getting what they want,” Cruz concluded.
U.S. Code 18, Section 1507 prohibits individuals “with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court… or residence.” The crime is punishable by a fine and up to a year in prison.