On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a stern warning to House Democrats after law enforcement arrested an armed intruder near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Police detained a man from California near the home of Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
According to the police report, the man told them he intended to murder Kavanaugh. When cops stopped him, they found a handgun and a knife in his possession, according to The Washington Post. Fortunately, the individual never approached Kavanaugh’s home.
The assailant, who was identified only as a “white guy in his 30s,” was purportedly enraged about the leaked opinion draft that suggested the Supreme Court had voted to upend abortion rulings, and he taunted Kavanaugh over his pro-gun control stance.
What did McConnell say?
After the announcement of the arrest, Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the chamber floor and called on House Democrats to pass the Supreme Court Police Parity Act.
The bill was passed by the Senate in May after a leaked draft of the opinion. If the Marshal decides that protection for Supreme Court justices’ immediate family members or “any officer of the Supreme Court is required,” police protection would be extended to them.
The bill to make the chamber “more Democratic” has drawn support from both sides of the aisle, but House Democrats have refused to cast a vote for it. Their argument? Because it does not extend police protection to law clerks and other Supreme Court employees.
“House Democrats have been obstructing it for weeks,” the Senate majority leader added. The House Democratic majority hasn’t even considered it. That should change right now, he said. “House Dems must pass this legislation and do so immediately,” McConnell went on.
“House Democrats should immediately cease their multi-week obstruction of the Supreme Court security bill and pass it before night falls,” he exclaimed.
In his speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) connected the stunning capture and alleged assassination plan to “unhinged, reckless, end-of-days rhetoric” directed against Supreme Court conservatives.
“This is precisely the sort of occurrence that many people had predicted would happen as a result of the Court’s strict regulations and norms being violated,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “This is precisely the type of situation that many people worried would become more likely as a consequence of the deranged, violent, and apocalyptic rhetoric by prominent personalities directed at the Court since many months ago, especially in recent weeks.”
“This is precisely why the Senate passed a bill to improve police protection for the Justices and their families shortly after the leak,” he continued. “This is common sense, uncontroversial legislation that has passed this chamber with little debate.”