White House Reverses Position, Condemns Violence, Threats and Vandalism Toward Supreme Court

Two issues likely caused a reversal of position from the White House about political violence and intimidation toward the supreme court justices.

First, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain almost certainly has public opinion polling showing that threats and intimidation toward the supreme court are not okay with the majority of the American people.  Second, there is a strong argument to be made the highest office of the Executive Branch advocating for targeting of the highest officers in the Judicial Branch is a directly impeachable offense.

Regardless of motivation, and after a weekend of threats, violence and intimidation against the court, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki reverses the administration prior position and now speaks against “violence, threats and vandalism.”  Tweet Link:

.@POTUS strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.

— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 9, 2022

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