After a leak on Monday night reportedly revealed that the U.S. Supreme Court plans to strike down Roe v. Wade as part of its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, leftists called for violence against SCOTUS, its justices, and the nation’s political system.
Ian Millhiser, a senior correspondent at Vox, was one of the first to use incendiary language to describe the leaked ruling.
“Seriously, shout out to whoever the hero was within the Supreme Court who said ‘f-ck it! Let’s burn this place down,'” he tweeted shortly after the leak surfaced.
Journalists were among the greatest offenders who publicly endorsed violence against justices who vote in favor of returning the abortion lawmaking back to the states.
When conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey noted that “conservative justices will have their lives and the lives of their families threatened,” The Nation’s Washington D.C. Correspondent Aída Chávez replied “good.”
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Laurie Garrett directly threatened Justice Samuel Alito, who reportedly authored the majority opinion, according to Politico.
“OK, Alito, I’ll call your ‘enflamed debate’ & ‘deepened division’ and raise you with millions of angry women in the streets. You #GOP folks want to play poker? Show your hand and watch what happens,” she wrote.
Democrat politicians also expressed outrage that their attempts to normalize killing unborn babies are threatened and demanded Congress pass legislation to circumvent the SCOTUS ruling immediately.
“As we’ve warned, SCOTUS isn’t just coming for abortion – they’re coming for the right to privacy Roe rests on, which includes gay marriage + civil rights. Manchin is blocking Congress [sic] codifying Roe. House has seemingly forgotten about Clarence Thomas. These 2 points must change,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated.
“Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes,” Sen. Bernie Sanders urged.
“Not surprising. But still outrageous,” Hillary Clinton tweeted. “This decision is a direct assault on the dignity, rights, & lives of women, not to mention decades of settled law. It will kill and subjugate women even as a vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal. What an utter disgrace.”
“A woman’s right to choose is not up for debate. A woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is not up for debate. We can’t go back. We must not go back. We won’t go back. This must not stand,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California tweeted.
“PSA: if Roe falls, your constitutional right to birth control will also be in jeopardy. This has never just been about abortion. It’s about controlling & criminalizing our bodies,” progressive Rep. Barbara Lee of California tweeted.
“Those motherf*****s really did it. First they came for Black voters, then they targeted LGBTQ+ families. Now, women of America, they’re overruling Roe v. Wade. We have to unite and strike back. Take to the streets. Overwhelm them at the ballot box. They have gone too damn far,” Takei rage-tweeted on Monday night.
“People should take to the streets across the country. Right now, the Senate can pass an exception to the filibuster and codify Roe v. Wade. This is the most dramatic setback for women’s rights in decades,” Jayapal wrote. “I will continue to fight tooth and nail for every single person’s right to have a legal and safe abortion in this country. We will not accept this sitting down and we WILL take this to the streets and the voting booth.”
“I’m terrified about the draft opinion released tonight. This is an attack on our human rights—overturning Roe will disproportionately impact low-income pregnant people, especially WOC and undocumented folks. Roe must be protected — I’ll see you in the streets,” New York City Council Member Shahana Hanif wrote before advocating for New York state to “remain a sanctuary to people who want an abortion.”
“Overturning half a century of precedent that underpin s not just abortion rights, but #LGBTQIA rights, contraception, & many other fundamental rights cannot be allowed to stand. They will hear our voices protesting in the streets, at #SCOTUS, and at the polls in November,” one of New Jersey’s Democrat congressional candidates wrote.
“This is a horrifying regression in basic rights, representative of the rapid expansion of state control over bodily autonomy. We’re with all of you fighting this in the streets and the courtrooms,” the National Lawyer’s Guild tweeted.
Others said the people affected by this ruling should resort to “retaliation” against Republicans.
In addition to rioting and doxxing, some Twitter users suggested the Supreme Court’s decision justified a radical revamping of the American political system including abolishing the Electoral College, nuking the filibuster, packing the court, and voting pro-lifers out of office.
Even after SCOTUS watchers emphasized the effect this type of leak will have on the court and the nation, such as undermining and destroying the credibility of the Court by overthrowing the Constitution, blue checkmark elites scoffed and said they didn’t care if SCOTUS and the country suffered.
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign press secretary Brian Fallon even demanded that the left defend the clerk who leaked the information.
“All Democrats need to show the same urgency as the clerk who apparently risked his or her career to sound this alarm. Those on the inside know best how broken the institution is. We should listen,” he urged.