An armed man was arrested for attempted murder Wednesday near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home, and it appears that neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have directly addressed the gravely concerning incident yet.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted the president, as well as the media, for not immediately speaking out to condemn that or other instances of politically motivated violence, Fox News reported.
She dismissed it as inadequate statements released by the White House communications team and argued that both Biden and Harris have had “ample opportunity” to directly and specifically speak on the matter.
“Where are you, President Biden?”
According to the Associated Press, a 26-year-old California man named Nicholas John Roske has been charged with attempted murder following his arrest by local law enforcement after being spotted by U.S. Marshals outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home early Wednesday morning.
Dressed in all black and armed with a handgun and a variety of other equipment, the man admitted to police that he had intended to kill the Republican-appointed Supreme Court jurist over his stance on the issues of abortion and gun control.
During Thursday’s episode of “Outnumbered,” McEnany, now a Fox News contributor, said in disbelief, “Where is the media? And since the media won’t ask the question, I will: Where are you, President Biden? Where are you Vice President Kamala Harris?”
“Because I can tell you this, any time there was any form of violence or hatred or bigotry, I, as the press secretary, would be asked immediately by the media what the president’s stance on it was,” she continued.
White House issues statement of condemnation
To be clear, Fox News itself had published a statement Wednesday morning from White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, who said, “President Biden condemns the actions of this individual in the strongest terms, and is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody.”
“As the President has consistently made clear, public officials — including judges — must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families,” he added. “And any violence, threats of violence, or attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society.”
Bates went on to highlight other statements of condemnation from top administration officials as well as immediate steps that had been taken to bolster security for all Supreme Court justices, and, later in the day, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre essentially repeated verbatim everything that Bates had said earlier when asked about the alleged attempt on Kavanaugh’s life during a press gaggle aboard Air Force One.
“Ample opportunity” to specifically condemn the targeting of justices
“We’ve gotten the statement from the press secretary. We’ve gotten the statement from the deputy,” McEnany said. “What about the leader of the free world? And he had ample opportunity. He walked out on the South Lawn. The press is right there …”
“Then you arrive at Joint Base Andrews. You pass the press on your way up the stairs — I think the ones he fell down, by the way, on his way up. Then he had that off the record,” she added of the president. “You could have said, ‘Hey, guys, on the record really quick, I condemn the violence.’ Then he had Jimmy Kimmel. Then you have the vice president giving a speech. That was five opportunities. We get silence from Joe and Kamala.”