CNN political analyst David Gregory called out the left for “lecturing” Americans about mob violence as they downplay the assassination attempt on Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Nicholas Roske, 26, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly carried at least one firearm and burglary tools on the street of Kavanaugh’s residence in Montgomery County, Maryland, at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday. He reportedly admitted to authorities that he intended to kill the justice.
“To threaten a Supreme Court justice and his family outside of his home is beyond the pale, cannot be tolerated. Every politician has an obligation to stand up, condemn this and to do something about it,” Gregory said. “And the truth is that a lot of people on the left who are in political power are being so hypocritical about this. They lecture us all the time about the excesses of the right, including Donald Trump on Jan. 6, fomenting mob violence. And yet they’re out there countenancing as they have with statements before that it’s okay to stand outside these people’s homes.”
Ruth Sent Us, a left-wing organization, published the addresses of the six conservative justices’ to organize protests against the leaked majority opinion draft slated to overturn Roe v. Wade. Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer encouraged peaceful protests outside of the justices’ homes. (RELATED: Reporter Confronts Psaki On Law Appearing To Prohibit Protests Outside Of SCOTUS Justices’ Homes)
A federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1507, prohibits private citizens from attempting to influence a court decision by organizing “pickets or parades near or in a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such a judge, juror, witness or court officer.”
Gregory said these messages can be misconstrued by a handful of the public. He said the protests are “intimidating” to the children and families who are not protected by security.
“Be careful on whose ears these messages fall. You go outside someone’s house, that is menacing when there’s children there who are not protected by security,” he said. “The justices are, their families are not and they’re going off to school in the morning. It’s intimidating. And then you can have an instance here when you apparently have someone who by any measure appears to not be mentally well.”
The New York Times and USA Today omitted the attempted assassination attempt from their front pages. The Times shared a footnote directing readers to page A-20 which briefly covered the incident. The front page covered Jan. 6, the recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and how the word “woman” is being removed from the topic of abortion. USA Today’s frontpage covered the Uvalde, Texas, shooting, the January 6 hearings, primary elections and the “equity gap” in financing.