Twitter explodes after the Senate unanimously approves security for Supreme Court Justices' families
The United States Senate on Monday passed a resolution by unanimous consent to provide enhanced security protection for the immediate family members of Supreme Court Justices.
The legislation "would formally allow the Supreme Court of the United States Police to provide around-the-clock protection to family members, in line with the security some executive and congressional officials get," The Hill reported. It now lies with the House of Representatives.
The bill was speedily drafted on Thursday by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) following the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe versus Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southern Pennsylvania versus Casey, the landmark decisions that codified the constitutional right to have an abortion.
Peaceful protests coalesced outside of the Supreme Court almost instantaneously after Politico published the potentially forthcoming ruling last Monday.
Conservative Associate Justice Samuel Alito was the author of the document. His fellow right-wing Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas were named by Politico's source as the concurring majority.
Over the weekend, additional peaceful demonstrations popped up outside of the homes of Alito, Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who has distanced himself from the explosive 98-page dismantling of half a century of precedent.
But anti-choice abortion rights foe Cornyn framed the situation as though there was violence.
“Threats to the physical safety of Supreme Court Justices and their families are disgraceful, and attempts to intimidate and influence the independence of our judiciary cannot be tolerated,” he said in a statement, according to The Hill. "I’m glad the Senate quickly approved this measure to extend Supreme Court police protection to family members, and the House must take up and pass it immediately."
Coons added that he was “glad to see this bipartisan bill unanimously pass the Senate in order to extend security protection to the families of Supreme Court members.”
Pro-choice Americans, already terrified by the contents of the Court's majority, are furious. The Senate's scramble to shield the Justices from public scrutiny while they prepare to strip millions of citizens of their reproductive liberties is profoundly poor optics. And the fifty-year failure of congressional Democrats to draft and pass laws to bolster legal protections for reproductive rights adds insult to injury.
That anger was on full display on Twitter throughout Monday evening and continued into Tuesday morning.
So swift on this issue, women's rights, voting rights and build back better amongst many things don't matter \n\nSenate passes bill to give police protection to families of Supreme Court justiceshttps://www.npr.org/2022/05/10/1097803459/supreme-court-roe-v-wade-abortion-access-protest-alito\u00a0\u2026— I am what I am! \ud83d\ude37\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a (@I am what I am! \ud83d\ude37\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a) 1652178365
So let me get this straight, the senate unanimously votes to protect judges but can\u2019t/won\u2019t introduce a bill to protect trans kids nor the LGBTQ+ community? The majority will take out rights. Fuck, the Democrats are spineless.https://www.npr.org/2022/05/10/1097803459/supreme-court-roe-v-wade-abortion-access-protest-alito\u00a0\u2026— drew West (@drew West) 1652180526
Look at how fast the Senate can move when it wants tohttps://twitter.com/WSJ/status/1523835936639004672\u00a0\u2026— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1652147014
"U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation expanding security protection to families of Supreme Court justices." Now unanimously pass legislation ensuring "security protection" for the women of the US from GOP's efforts to strip them of their freedom and self-determination! #Roe— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1652181045
Dear .@SpeakerPelosi please do not pass the bill passed in the Senate to outlaw protesting in front of Supreme Court members' home. They will not value our privacy. Why should we value theirs? The protests were peaceful.— Kathy Badger (@Kathy Badger) 1652141949
The Senate can't defend a right supported by 70%. The Supreme Court consists of 4 Justices appointed by Presidents who lost the popular vote. \n\nProtesting at their homes is a legitimate outlet for the majority to express anger with an increasingly antidemocratic political system.— Max Berger (@Max Berger) 1652145034
Senate: \u201cWe must protect Supreme Court Justices\u2019 families from peaceful protesters. Today!\u201d\n\nAlso Senate: \u201cProtect women\u2019s rights by codifying Roe v. Wade? Eh, now really isn\u2019t a great time, maybe later.\u201d— Gabe Sanchez \uea00 (@Gabe Sanchez \uea00) 1652148876
If the Senate can move this quickly to pass a bill to protect the safety of Supreme Court Justices' families, they should be able to move quickly to protect the women being terrorized by the Supreme Court. We are about to go live. Watch here.https://youtu.be/k0hI3oeOh1Q— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch.com) 1652140507
Wow\n\nThe Senate just approved additional funding to protect the Supreme Court ChristoFascists & their families from peaceful protestors\n\nIt\u2019s been 49 bloody years since Roe & Congress still hasn\u2019t codified women\u2019s health protections\n\nGuess we don\u2019t count for shit— Lindy Li (@Lindy Li) 1652144793
Mother fuckers get shit done really quick when they feel like their asses are on the line.https://thehill.com/news/senate/3482047-senate-eyes-quick-passage-of-security-for-supreme-court-family-members/\u00a0\u2026— The Humanist Report (@The Humanist Report) 1652123363
Good morning. If you\u2019re feigning outrage over the \u2018impropriety\u2019 of protesting outside justice\u2019s houses, you should know that the Supreme Court itself ruled that prohibiting protests outside of residential homes/buildings was an unconstitutional infringement of the 1st Amendment.— Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Andrew Wortman \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1652173139
Republicans be all like "Hey-hey, ho-ho, peaceful protests got to go!"— Liam Nissan\u2122 (@Liam Nissan\u2122) 1652180311
Someone yelled at Alito from across the street and an hour later the Senate pushed a bill for additional SCOTUS protection.\n\nDon\u2019t ever tell me things can\u2019t move quickly in government.— Smite\u26a1\ufe0f (@Smite\u26a1\ufe0f) 1652185910
There was also outrage directed at Alito, Barrett, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh for appearing to have lied under oath about their intentions toward Roe and Casey during their respective Senate confirmation hearings.
Supreme Court justices misled the Senate\n\nI could swear there was a word for people like this...Yes Republicans\n\n#RoeVWade #RoeVWadeprotest #FreshVoicesRisepic.twitter.com/hfCA7ZobYF— Alicia Smith \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a #FBR (@Alicia Smith \ud83d\udc99\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\udf0a #FBR) 1652164571
The very fact that Justices of the Supreme Court committed PERJURY under oath during their confirmation AND lied in private conversations w/ members of the Senate prior to their appointment seriously undermines anything they do or say from now on. They should all RESIGN.— Yolanda Holly (@Yolanda Holly) 1652124914
Supreme Court justices who lied under oath to be confirmed should be investigated and charged with perjury. \nIf you cannot trust SCOTUS to follow the laws of the US who are we suppose to trust?\n#PerjuredSCOTUS\n#FreshResists\n#OneV1https://apple.news/AlDFoNOnkQoGTl7rg6c63tA\u00a0\u2026— purple teacher #ProtectOurDemocracy\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@purple teacher #ProtectOurDemocracy\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1652110767