(TPM) – “I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date, and we certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes,” Psaki said.
On Tuesday, the White House Press Secretary said the Biden White House’s viewpoint is that they “encourage” protests outside the homes of SCOTUS Justices despite federal laws against that.
Psaki further implied Republicans who were calling out protests outside the houses of SCOTUS Justices as hypocrites, and asserted they all remained silent when politically expedient.
“The Department of Justice was very swift at responding to school board members who felt like they were being harassed and intimidated a couple of months back,” a reporter began. “Does the President feel that the demonstrations outside of Justice Alito’s home, are those attempts to interfere or intimidate?”
“Well, I think I said yesterday, but I’m happy to repeat, because I think it’s important for everybody to hear that the President’s long-standing view has been that violence, threats and intimidation of any kind, have no place in political discourse, and we believe, of course, in peaceful protests.
“What I do find interesting, and I think many people have noted, is that there are voices on the right, who have called out this— protests that are happening, while remaining silent for years on protests that have happened outside of the homes of school board members, the Michigan Secretary of State, or including threats made to women seeking reproductive health care, or even an insurrection against our nation’s capitol.
“So I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date, and we certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes and that’s the President’s position,” Psaki added, “but the silence is pretty deafening about all of the other intimidation that we’ve seen to a number of people.”
The reporter clarified that in this case, the intimidation was toward justices in a pending court case, and this is a breech of federal law.
Conservatives criticized the response to the activist crowd that gathered outside Justice Alito’s residence on Monday night because it appeared as if Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin was accommodating the protest altogether, even though there are federal laws against attempting to influence a judge’s ruling with demonstrations.