Republican Senators are being targeted with death threats, harassment and violence in the midst of the political battle over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
U.S. Senators have increased security this past week amid threats, doxxing of their personal information and hostile crowds of abortion activists and others who oppose Kavanaugh.
The Daily Wire reports Senate Republicans held a closed-door meeting Tuesday to discuss protections for themselves, their staff and their families.
“There’s a lot of unprecedented activity taking place,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said at the meeting. “We’ve been through this in the past, but this is the worst it’s been since I’ve been here.
“I think we need to recognize that it’s not going to go away with the final determination of whether he’s is going to be on the Supreme Court,” Corker added. “There’s something underlying there that we’re experiencing throughout the country right now that we’ve got to figure out a way to address.”
The hostility and threats surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation have been prominent in the news. The Washington Post reports hundreds of people were arrested this week during protests against Kavanaugh at the Hart Senate Office Building.
Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a key swing vote, said abortion activists have left threatening phone messages at her offices, and one threatened to rape one of her female staffers.
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Just this past week, several Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Andy Harris (R-MD) have found themselves in heated confrontations with anti-Kavanaugh protesters. Harris was reportedly physically assaulted as he tried to shut the door on protesters in the hallway outside his office.
And anti-Kavanaugh protesters seem to have no intention of letting up. In a tweet today, Planned Parenthood outlined a plan to find senators who vote “yes” to confirm Kavanaugh, and a star-studded “#CancelKavanaugh” protest is slated for noon near Capitol Hill, followed by a march to the Senate office building. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, tempers are expected to flare even further.
Kavanaugh, his family and one of the women who accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, also have received death threats and threats of violence.
Threats and violence against pro-lifers and conservatives have been increasing since President Donald Trump was elected.
LifeNews has reported about dozens of threats, vandalism and other violence against pro-life advocates in the past year. These range from threats against prominent pro-life politicians like U.S. Reps. Chris Smith, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Steve Scalise to a Missouri sidewalk counselor who had a gun pointed at him. In September, a popular conservative blogger was under police protection after she received rape and death threats because of a pro-life tweet.
In June, a Florida man who volunteers at Planned Parenthood was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill pro-life U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s children.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Saturday.
Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he wrote decisions protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he would do the same on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pro-abortion groups have labeled Kavanaugh a “serious threat” to “women’s right” to abortion, while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.