Nicholas John Roske, 26, is charged with attempted murder after he was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home located in a Washington suburb, The Associated Press, citing a federal criminal complaint, reported. A taxi dropped him off about 1 a.m. a few streets from the justice’s home, and the defendant told authorities he came armed with a loaded pistol and a backpack full of gear with the intention to break in and kill the justice.
Two years ago, on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Kavanaugh was threatened over his abortion stance by Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat. On the same day the nine justices were hearing an important abortion case from Louisiana, the Senate Majority Leader famously threatened Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch if they ruled against Roe v Wade.
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch! I want to tell you, Kavanaugh! You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price!” Schumer screeched to a cheering crowd. “You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions!”
Two years later, after someone in the U.S. Supreme Court building leaked a draft 5-4 opinion overturning Roe v Wade, federal authorities allege Roske was angered by the draft opinion and intended to kill one of the justices who formed the majority opinion.
The alleged murderer didn't have a hard time finding the home: The addresses of the justices' homes have also been published online, and leading Democrats have openly supporting protesters marching in front of their homes even though federal law prohibits such intimidation.
That time Pelosi blamed ‘sanctimonious’ Republicans
Responding to the assassination attempt, former county prosecutor Abraham Hamilton III says he was “mortified” to learn Kavanaugh escaped a murder attempt that was just outside his home.
“What we are witnessing is another iteration of the Bernie Sanders’ supporter,” says Hamilton, now general counsel at the American Family Association, “who literally tried to kill Republican congressmen at a baseball field.”
That would-be assassin is James Hodgkinson, a 2016 campaign volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police in 2017. Armed with an SKS rifle, Hodgkinson opened fire at GOP lawmakers who were practicing in Alexandria, Virginia, for an annual Capitol Hill softball game. His ambush wounded four people and seriously hurt Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot in the stomach while playing infield.
Responding to the shooting at the time, Sen. Sanders said in a statement he was “sickened by this despicable act” and said violence of any kind is “unacceptable.”
“And I condemn this action,” the far-left Senator went on to say, “in the strongest possible terms.”
That unambiguous statement competed, however, with other reactions at the time. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who was then the House Minority Leader, blasted the “rhetoric” of President Donald Trump and called GOP lawmakers “sanctimonious” for tying the Republican-hating Democrat to the Democratic Party.
“For them to be so sanctimonious is something that I really am almost sad that I had to go down this path with you,” said Pelosi, speaking to reporters one day after the GOP lawmakers escaped a mass murder attempt, “because I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to have the fullest discussion of it.”
Pelosi also brazenly blamed Republicans for heated rhetoric that began during the Clinton administration, which was then 20 years in the past. The audacity to do that drew a rebuke at the time from Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker who had battled Bill Clinton over two terms.
“It’s okay [to] think of Trump in violent terms. It’s okay to consider assassinating Trump,” Gingrich complained to Fox News. “And then, suddenly, we’re supposed to rise above it — until the next time?”
That time gut-shot Scalise deserved scrutiny
How the Far Left honestly views Republicans might have been best demonstrated on MSNBC, where show host Joy Reid called the assassination attempt of Republicans a “delicate thing” but then suggested, live on-air, that Scalise’s views on race and same-sex marriage could not be ignored.
The congressman, at the time, was literally recovering in a hospital bed.
This week, in a rant about guns and mass shootings, Reid told her MSNBC audience “you are literally rolling the dice every time you leave your house or drop off your kids at school,” because racist and angry Republicans hate a multi-cultural society and therefore want Democrats to feel unsafe.
Even though Sen. Schumer’s threats from 2020 are not directly tied to the threat to Kavanaugh’s life, the Left has no problem --- ever --- tying a terrible incident to their political enemies. After the May 14 mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, the media immediately blamed Fox News host Tucker Carlson without any evidence he was involved.
In fact, the killer vilified Fox News in his manifesto that also criticizes conservatives and not once, ever, mentions Carlson.
Is it just a coincidence, perhaps, that the Left hates ratings-champion Fox News and Carlson’s nightly show is the cable network’s most-viewed program?
The honest view of the Far Left, Hamilton tells AFN, is you are their sworn enemy if you oppose them.
“It’s either you can play with the accepted politically correct narrative or notion,” he says, “or you are disqualified from public engagement.”
Jesse Kelly, the Texas-based radio host, made a similar warning about the Left after the arrest of Roske near Kavanaugh's home.
"Communists think you deserve to die for what you believe," he wrote this week. "It's as simple as that."
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.