Stefanik rips Democrats for encouraging anger against Supreme Court justices, blocking bill to provide extra security

An armed and equipped would-be assassin was arrested Wednesday near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a rather concerning incident following a month of angry protests outside the homes of Republican-appointed justices by pro-abortion activists.

The attempted assassination and angry protests have been encouraged by Democratic rhetoric, according to House Republican Caucus chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and now House Democrats are holding up efforts to provide additional security measures for targeted members of the nation’s highest court.

Democrats “fan these flames” against Supreme Court justices

The New York congresswoman appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday to discuss the latest news about the Supreme Court, including a bill she has sponsored to criminalize unauthorized leaks such as the draft copy of an impending decision on an abortion case that sparked the protests and led to a murderous attempt on Justice Kavanaugh’s life.

“And what’s really concerning to me is you’ve seen both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer fan these flames, encouraging protesters, who, in many cases have been violent, to target Supreme Court Justices to try to influence the Court,” Stefanik said.

“This is the highest Court in the land. It needs to maintain its independence and should never succumb to this political pressure,” she added. “And that’s essentially what the Left is trying to do here, so this does need to be considered a crime. It is a crime, and we need to make sure that we are holding the Democrats accountable who have encouraged this type of behavior targeting the Justices.”

House Dems stall on providing extra security to justices

Co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that the Senate recently unanimously passed a bill to provide additional security for Supreme Court justices and their families, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has thus far refused to bring that measure to the floor for a vote in the House.

According to Politico, the big hold-up is that House Democrats have demanded the additional security measures be extended to Supreme Court staffers, such as their clerks, and despite the news of the attempted assassination of Kavanaugh, Pelosi herself downplayed the serious threat that is currently posed.

“It’s about staff and the rest. The justices are protected,” Pelosi said. “Nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill.”

The outlet noted that House Democrats intend to take up that bill for consideration next week.

“Shame on Nancy Pelosi”

In response to Pelosi’s delays, Stefanik told the Fox News co-hosts, “It is not okay. There is no excuse to not provide protection for all the Justices.

“We are expecting each of them to bring their legal backgrounds, the best legal minds in the nation to make these independent judgements, put out these decisions on whether the laws passed in this country are constitutional or not,” she continued. “This is a no-brainer. It should not be a partisan issue. Shame on Nancy Pelosi for turning it into a partisan issue.”

“Look how close this threat was. Again, thank goodness, and we credit law enforcement, and I’m sure the Kavanaugh family is grateful to law enforcement,” Stefanik added. “We need to stop this encouragement of any type of targeting on any of our Supreme Court Justices, and they need to absolutely have adequate security.”

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