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F*&k Civility! | The Nation

I joined a noisy, peaceful protest outside the Supreme Court Building last Monday night after right-wing Justice Samuel Alito’s draft ruling striking down Roe v. Wade became public. As I’ve written, for a while the rowdy, empowered crowd chanted “Fuck Alito!” I’m honestly not sure if I joined in; it was all a blur of grief and rage. But I probably did.

Would I have joined a protest outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh if I’d been in Washington this weekend, or the one outside Alito’s home Monday night? (As far as I’ve seen, protesters stayed on the public sidewalk, and off the justices’ private property.) I don’t know. I’m frightfully civil. On one level, picketing someone’s home feels out-there to me. On the other hand, they’re about to let the government invade our bodies, so… maybe. I certainly have no problem with other people doing it.

But damn, a lot of other Democrats seem to.

On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden abhors “violence, threats, or vandalism,” and that judges “must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.” The same day Senate Democrats joined Republicans in passing a bill by unanimous consent to hike security for justices and their families. “We must take threats that come from extremes on both sides of the political spectrum against Supreme Court Justices seriously, and that makes this bill an unfortunate necessity,” said bill cosponsor Democratic Senator Chris Coons. There is no evidence that any justice has been “threatened,” except with noisy people outside.

Oh, and there was no additional protection added for abortion providers, who have in fact been threatened, even murdered, by anti-choice zealots. From 1922 to 2020, there were at least 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, and 956 threats of harm or death directed against providers or clients, according to the National Abortion Federation.

An almost certainly false report circulated yesterday that Alito was in hiding for fear for his own safety. The person who originally reported that, conservative lawyer and right-wing troll Ilya Shapiro, ultimately backed down. Asked for his source by Politico, he said, “I don’t have any non-public sources. I forget whether I saw the rumor on Twitter or somebody told me. I don’t know.” We are indeed being played.

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