Even though a plot to protest at Kavanaugh's house was stopped, the White House is still not against protests at SCOTUS homes

Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, said on Monday that the Biden administration doesn't have an opinion on whether or not people who support abortion rights should protest at the homes of Supreme Court justices. This is true even though an attempt to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh was stopped last week.

But Jean-Pierre said that President Biden disapproves of the plan to kill, even though Biden hasn't said that publicly.

At her regular press briefing, Jean-Pierre said, "We haven't said where people should or shouldn't protest."

"We have said that all Americans have the right to protest peacefully, no matter what their point of view is. However, we have also said that attempts at intimidation and violence are totally unacceptable and should be condemned whenever they happen, no matter who does it."

Jean-Pierre was answering a question from a person who said that her predecessor, Jen Psaki, didn't condemn the protests that started last month outside the homes of the six conservative Supreme Court justices.

Police stand outside the home of U.S. Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh as abortion-rights advocates protest in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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Nicholas Roske, who is 26 years old, allegedly called 911 on himself on June 8, saying he had a gun and a knife near Kavanaugh's house after looking up the address online. He was reportedly angry that a draft ruling that would reverse the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision got out. This would mean that federal law would no longer protect the right to have an abortion.

Just a few hours after Roske was arrested, the pro-abortion rights group Ruth Sent Us held another protest outside Kavanaugh's home in a Maryland suburb.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration doesn’t have an opinion about whether pro-abortion activists should protest at the homes of Supreme Court judges.
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Critics say that the rallies are illegal attempts to scare off judges, but no one has been arrested or charged.

Before, it looked like the White House supported the protests.

Psaki said on May 10 that Republicans should be more worried about other attempts to intimidate government officials, like the Capitol riot last year, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stopped Biden's election victory from being certified.

The pro-abortion rights group Ruth Sent Us protested again outside Brett Kavanaugh’s suburban Maryland home just hours after Nicholas Roske’s arrest.
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"I know that there's anger right now, I guess, about protests outside of judges' homes that have been peaceful so far, and we'll keep encouraging that. And this is where the president stands. "But the silence is pretty loud when it comes to all the other ways people have been scared," Psaki said.

White House spokespeople like Jean-Pierre and deputy press secretary Andrew Bates have spoken out against the plot against Kavanaugh, but Biden hasn't said anything about it directly.

"President Biden strongly condemns this person's actions and is thankful that law enforcement took him into custody so quickly," Bates said in a statement released soon after Roske's arrest was announced.


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