Must Watch: Psaki Refuses To Call Out 'Violent' SCOTUS Protesters

By Charles Susswein | Saturday, 14 May 2022 09:30
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Both White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer brushed off worries of protesters making their way to the houses of Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a leaked draft opinion.

“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 judge’s homes,” the press secretary announced.

“No one should resort to violence, of course, your threats or intimidation, nor vandalism,” Psaki continued.

“What’s also important to note here is what I would call the hypocrisy of the silence on the other side, when there have been intimidation, protests, outside of the homes of school board members, the Michigan Secretary of State, there have been countless women who have dealt with and navigated through threats made as they’re seeking reproductive health care, which by the way, has been legal for 50 years and there has been no outcry about that.”

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“There has been outcry about protests that have been peaceful outside of judge’s homes, which again, you know, have been peaceful.”

A reporter reminded the press secretary that the demonstrations were in response to a pending court case and thus could run up against federal law.

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Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1507, any individual who “pickets or parades” with the “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the purpose of affecting any judge, juror, witness, or court officer” near a U.S. court or “near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ will be fined or ‘imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

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“This is a pending court case though, that’s where the federal law comes into place- this is a pending court case,” the reporter announced.

“I think that intimidation and protests and intimidation outside the homes of school board members, the Michigan secretary of state, intimidation and threats against people seeking legal reproductive healthcare and against our Capitol and democracy also warrant some outrage and we haven’t really seen that,” Psaki shot back.

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On Monday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called the police after protesters left a chalk message on the sidewalk outside her home.

“Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,” the message read, according to a Bangor police report.

WHPA refers to the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill the Senate will vote on Wednesday to codify abortion rights, yet Collins has announced it goes too far.

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