A reporter with the left-wing news outlet Vox appeared to publish a death wish Tuesday against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito after criticizing the judge’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Idaho News 2 reports Vox senior reporter Ian Millhiser shared a “pre-written” obituary that he had composed for Alito on Twitter, but later deleted the tweets after facing backlash.
Alito, the four other justices who agreed to overturn Roe and their families have been targets of threats and hostility for months from abortion activists. Justice Brett Kavanaugh was the target of an assassination attempt in June, and new FBI documents reveal that two more justices also may have been targeted.
That and a growing crime wave against pro-life advocates across the country made Millhiser’s tweets seem more than just poor taste.
According to screenshots of the now-deleted tweets, he began the obituary: “It is considered to be quite gauche to speak ill of the recently deceased. So, if you are the type of person who is easily offended by breaches of etiquette, you probably want to stop reading this piece right now.”
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Millhiser continued: “Justice Samuel Alito, who died on XXXX, was not devoid of any positive traits. He was a skilled attorney and a highly effective advocate for conservative causes. Had he spent his career as a litigator, he would almost certainly be remembered as one of the Republican Party’s leading Supreme Court practitioners.”
The Vox journalist ended the obituary by basically accusing the justice of being an actor for the Republican Party.
“The problem is that Justice Alito was, indeed, one of the Republican Party’s leading Supreme Court advocates — but he embraced this role while he was a sitting justice,” he concluded.
Millhiser’s pro-abortion views are no secret. Earlier Tuesday, Vox published a column that he wrote criticizing Alito for writing the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling that overturned Roe in June.
“The Constitution doesn’t tell us which rights it protects, and now the power to decide that question rests with people like Samuel Alito,” Millhiser wrote. “I believe that the Constitution protects a right to abortion.” Later, he added, “It is a terrible mistake to trust this man with that kind of power.”
However, Millhiser’s fake obituary quickly drew criticism. Commenters described it as “deranged,” “sick” and “creepy,” and one Townhall writer asked if he was trying to “inspire” another assassination attempt, according to the report.
On June 8, Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, was arrested outside Justice Kavanaugh’s Maryland home with a gun and other weapons after he allegedly admitted that he planned to kill the justice. According to authorities, his motive was to stop the justices from overturning Roe after an unknown source leaked a draft ruling of the Supreme Court’s decision in early May.
New FBI documents in the case suggest Roske allegedly wanted to kill three Supreme Court justices, not just Kavanaugh.
Days after a leaked draft ruling showed the Supreme Court overturning Roe, the pro-abortion group Ruth Sent Us published the addresses of the conservative justices’ homes online publicly – prompting authorities to increase security for the high court members and their staff.
The crime wave has many pro-life organizations increasing security and Republican lawmakers demanding action from the Biden administration to crack down on the growing domestic terrorism.
At least 80 churches and pro-life organizations have been targets of arson and vandalism since May when news leaked that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe, according to the Catholic News Agency,
The FBI announced an investigation into the pro-abortion violence in June, but many believe the Biden administration and Democrat leaders are not doing enough to stop the violence. There have been very few arrests.