On Friday, the far-left organization ShutdownDC publicly offered cash rewards of $250 to anyone who can report a sighting of any of the six Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
As reported by Axios, the group made the offer in a Tweet addressing “DC service industry workers,” saying that “if you see Kavanaugh, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett or Roberts DM us with the details!”
They further added the specifics of how they would pay such informants, declaring that they would “Venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting,” followed by “$200 if they’re still there 30 mins after your message.”
The threat comes several days after Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one of three justices appointed by President Donald Trump, was harassed by protesters at a restaurant in Washington D.C. Although the protesters were not allowed into the building, Kavanaugh had to be escorted out the back with his security detail. The owners of the restaurant, Morton’s, later released a statement condemning the protesters.
Although ShutdownDC’s tweets were reported for their calls to violence, Twitter responded by claiming that the contents are “not in violation of Twitter’s Safety policies.”
In the weeks following the initial leak of the draft opinion to overturn Roe and Planned Parenthood, there were numerous protests outside the homes of the six justices appointed by Republican presidents. One man flew from California with a gun intending to kill Kavanaugh, but failed and turned himself into the authorities. Such activity and threats of violence have only increased following the official decision, which did indeed overturn those prior rulings and returned the issue of abortion to the individual states to be decided.
Multiple left-wing organizations have disavowed acts of violence and public harassment. In a joint statement, three major pro-abortion groups – Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Liberate Abortion Campaign – all said that such violent actors “do not speak for us, our supporters, our communities, or our movement.”