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Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is furious with elected Democrats and blaming them for the “attempted murder” of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
A reporter asked him if he believed politicians are “more focused protecting themselves rather than the citizens they serve,” which got him to talking about the enforcement of laws, Mediaite reported.
“I think, unfortunately for the left, the law is viewed as optional,” he said. “If they disagree with the law, they refuse to enforce it. Whether it is the federal criminal law that protects these children or whether it is the federal criminal law that protects Supreme Court Justices.”
Cruz was at a presser with the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), which says it advances an anti-abortion view “through an anti-capitalist lens” and advocates for “pregnant people.” He joined the group outside the Department of Justice this week to demand that Attorney General Merrick Garland investigate the discovery of the discarded remains of “5 nearly full term babies” outside a D.C. late-term abortion clinic, thus his reference to laws protecting “these children.”
“We saw just yesterday a man arrested for attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice. That crime was actively encouraged by elected Democrats,” the senator said. “Chuck Schumer went to the steps of the Supreme Court and threatened the Justices. The White House actively encouraged protesters to go to the home of Supreme Court justices, despite the fact that it is there’s a federal criminal prohibition on doing so while a court case is pending – the only time that I’m aware of where the White House, literally from the White House press room, has encouraged the ongoing commission of a felony.”
“And even today, the Department of Justice has not arrested the protesters that are violating criminal law on its face because the president and the attorney general agree with their politics,” he said. “Well, the law is meant to be applied regardless of party.”
He said that the suspect’s “explicit intent to murder a sitting Supreme Court Justice” represents an attempt to “subvert the rule of law.”
“But it is also the left is far too willing to encourage violence when it suits their political ends,” the senator said.
“Violence is always wrong, and we should enforce the criminal law against anyone committing violence, whether you agree with their politics or disagree with their politics. Violence is unacceptable,” he said. “And in the case of these unborn children, the violence that was visited upon them, that took their lives, it is against the law. And just because a politician disagrees with the law doesn’t mean he or she has the right to ignore it.”
Fox News noted that the suspect was carrying a firearm and a knife and had made violent threats against the justice.
“The man’s name is being withheld at this time, but sources say he is in his 20s and was picked up on a nearby street. He did not get to the Kavanaugh home,” the report said.
Fox News added that the U.S. Marshal Service and the Montgomery County Police Department are currently handling the investigation.
The incident comes following the unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion earlier this month overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states.
The February draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito and signed by four other conservative justices including Kavanaugh, returns the issue to the states. But that was a draft; the final ruling is expected this month. Previous reporting indicated that the justices who signed onto the reversal of Roe had not changed their minds.
The incident also comes on the heels of a warning issued this week by the Department of Homeland Security stating that violence around the country is expected to increase over the summer due in part to political differences.
The memo warns of a “heightened threat environment” over the next several months, adding that the department will be monitoring for risks of domestic terrorism and foreign actors attempting to disrupt the country and promote acts of violence.
“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment, as noted in the previous Bulletin, and several recent attacks have highlighted the dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment,” DHS said in a new bulletin from the National Terrorism Advisory System.
“In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets,” DHS said.