Another day, another example of Democrats in power making excuses for those in their party that are attempting to intimidate their political enemies into submission, whether through violence or threats of it.
Such was the case again yesterday, when Psaki refused to condemn those deranged Democrat activists that doxxed the Supreme Court justices, posting a map of their addresses online in a not so subtle hint about where they could be found if some abortion activist wanted to take “direct action” against them.
FNC White House correspondent Peter Doocy, predictably being the one to step up and ask Psaki the hard question of the day, asking her about the doxxing and the White House’s stance on it. Watch what happened here:
DOOCY: "These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that kind of thing this president wants…?"
PSAKI: "The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights." pic.twitter.com/TCpXCOwfQR
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Yes, that’s real. According to the press briefing transcript provided by the White House, Peter Doocy asked:
So, you guys had some time yesterday talking about what you think are the extreme wings of the Republican Party. Do you think the progressive activists that are now planning protests outside some of the justices’ houses are extreme?
It should have been a simple question with a simple answer: “Yes, Peter, showing up a judge’s house to try to pressure them into changing their mind on a vote is unacceptable.”
But, of course, that’s not what Psaki said. She, refusing to condemn those radical activists or their plan to show up at the houses of Supreme Court justices, said:
Peaceful protest? No. Peaceful protest is not extreme.
Hopefully it won’t be a “fiery but mostly peaceful protest”, as CNN once infamously said, particularly given that some of the justices have young children. Doocy, pressing the question and bringing that up again, said:
“But some of these justices have young kids. Their neighbors are not all public figures. So would the President think about waving off activists that want to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland?”
But still Psaki wouldn’t condemn the protesters showing up at the houses of SCOTUS justices for the obvious purpose of intimidating them into compliance, saying:
“Peter, look, I think our view here is that peaceful protest — there’s a long history in the United States and the country of that. And we certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence.”
Yes, there is a history of protest. But not one of the intimidation of judges and justices cartel-style. That would have been out of place and seen as un-American even in the Wild West.
So Doocy pressed yet again, asking “These activists posted a map with the home addresses of the Supreme Court justices. Is that the kind of thing this President wants to help your side make their point?”
And still Psaki wouldn’t condemn it! She fired back with a typically snarky response to Doocy, saying:
“Look, I think the President’s view is that there’s a lot of passion, a lot of fear, a lot of sadness from many, many people across this country about what they saw in that leaked document. We obviously want people’s privacy to be respected. We want people to protest peacefully if they want to — to protest. That is certainly what the President’s view would be.”
Doocy once again followed up, getting her to say it out loud by asking “So he doesn’t care if they’re protesting outside the Supreme Court or outside someone’s private residence?”
Finally, at that point, Psaki relented somewhat but still refused to condemn the doxxing, saying:
“I don’t have an official U.S. government position on where people protest. I want it — we want it, of course, to be peaceful. And certainly, the President would want people’s privacy to be respected.
“But I think we shouldn’t lose the point here: The reason people are protesting is because women across the country are worried about their fundamental rights that have been law for 50 years. Their rights to make choices about their own bodies and their own healthcare are at risk. That’s why people are protesting. They’re unhappy. They’re scared.”
So, apparently, doxxing and attempting to intimidate judges is now seen as at least not condemnation-worthy by the White House. That’s a shocking escalation in the level of temperature in the culture war, one that could lead to a horrifying outcome.