Let's call the mass gatherings held outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh what they are: They're not protests; they are mob intimidation.
When activists gather and chant in front of justices' homes after an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, they are warning the Supreme Court that bad-faith actors know where they live. They are bringing the fight to the justices' families.
Wednesday, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us expanded its targets to all six justices appointed by Republican presidents. I fear where activists' next expansion might lead.
"If you take away our choices, we will riot," protester Lacie Wooten-Holway told WUSA9 in front of Kavanaugh's home.
Old-school rules of civility mean nothing.
"The View" host Joy Behar applauded the homefront protests on the grounds that intimidation tactics are warranted.
"It shows Alito what it feels like to lose your freedom of choice. He cannot leave the house easily, so maybe that's a good lesson for them," said Behar.
She's ill-informed and wrong.
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, states can decide if they want restrictions on abortion or not. That's choice, rendered by elected officials chosen by their peers.
But also, if it's OK to threaten justices because you think they will take away other people's choice on abortion, what is OK to do if you think abortion is akin to murder? What's good for the goose...