过度 40 Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution on Thursday to condemn protests in front of Supreme Court justices’ 房屋, amid demonstrations over the leaked draft decision overturning Roe v. 韦德.
The resolution expresses support for the enforcement of a federal law that makes it illegal to “picket or parade” outside a courthouse or a judge’s residence “with the intent of influencing any judge… in the discharge of his duty.” This comes after activists have spent recent days attempting to intimidate justices and other actions across the country have resulted in 暴力, 威胁 和 破坏行为.
Some onlookers have been concerned for the safety of the conservative justices, as passionate protests can get out of hand and become dangerous.
While the resolution is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled House, liberal journalists and pundits recently sounded the alarm that simply asking tough questions of Jackson during her confirmation hearings could lead to harm being done against her.
在四月 30, New York Times magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones, the mastermind of the controversial 1619 项目, 宣告 that Sen. 泰德·克鲁斯, 德州, 有 “no reason” to ask Jackson about books related to critical race theory during the hearing and feared it would lead to violence against Jackson.
“It reveals a danger…how dangerous of a period we are in right now, because there’s no reason that that should have been brought up and it had nothing to do with the hearing,” Hannah-Jones said, “So this targeting has consequences. What my fear is that it can lead to violence, like actual violence.”
三月, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle 宣告 它的. Josh Hawley’s, R-Mo。, hard-hitting inquiry about Jackson’s record could put her in harm’s way.
“Hawley is not backing down,” 鲁尔说. “What he is doing is dangerous, it is character assassination of a woman who is going to be confirmed.”
CNN’s John Harwood was on the same page, appearing to suggest in March that probing Jackson’s record lead to something “危险的.”
Harwood 发推文, “on ambitious GOP senators ‘playing to the base’ w/KBJ: -conservative Nat’l Review calls their attacks ‘meritless’ -they know a disturbed man fantasizing about Dems and child sex trafficking fired an assault rifle in DC pizzeria in 2016…political fun-and-games can get dangerous.”
He was referring to the 2016 射击 at a Washington D.C. pizza place by Edgar Maddison Welch. Jackson was the judge who sentenced him to four years of prison.
The Nation’s Elie Mystal also felt Hawley was “trying to get her killed” by grilling Jackson during confirmation hearings.
“What Josh Hawley is doing. 让我们非常清楚. What Josh Hawley is doing when he tries to do this is he’s trying to get her killed. He is trying to get violence done against a Supreme Court nominee,” Mystal said on MSNBC.
Mystal didn’t find things so alarming when protests caused chaos outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh this week.
“I think it was really bad when Joe Manchin made Joe Biden criticize peaceful protests outside of Brett Kavanaugh’s house,” 他发了推文.
“If only they had brought some beer to make Kav feel more comfortable,” he said in response to another tweet about the protests.
The New York Times published an opinion piece by former Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse on April 1 that claimed senators who voted against confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson as the next associate justice on the nation’s highest court would be “complicit” 在她的 “滥用” 共和党人.
在 the op-ed, Greenhouse, who spent thirty years covering the Supreme Court for the liberal paper, claimed Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee mischaracterized Jackson’s record as a lawyer and judge with “racist dog whistles,” “QAnon shout-outs,” and innuendos towards support for terrorism in a manner of behavior vastly different from confirmation hearings in the past.
“Every Republican who votes against her confirmation will be complicit in the abuse that the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee heaped on her,” Greenhouse wrote.
The liberal Guardian publication even questioned if grilling Jackson during the confirmation hearing foreshadowed a “令人不安” move in GOP politics.
The Guardian’s April 7 piece, “Republicans’ ugly attacks on Ketanji Brown Jackson show lurch to far right,” stated that “bareknuckle tactics used by some Republicans to discredit Jackson underscored just how far to the right the party has drifted and may foreshadow a new, disturbing ‘normal’ for American politics.”
Fox News’ Alexa Moutevelis, Lindsay Kornick, Tyler Olson and Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.