Americans were recently shocked by the arrest of an armed man outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home. Fox News reported that Nicholas John Roske told police he wanted Kavanaugh dead over his views on abortion.
Yet the incident hasn’t stopped Democrats from delaying a bill that would provide Supreme Court justices more security, a fact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently snapped at a reporter about.
Pelosi to reporter: “The justices are protected”
According to the Daily Caller, the tense exchange occurred on Thursday between Pelosi and a reporter following Roske’s arrest.
“How can you say the justices are protected when there was an attempt on Justice Kavanaugh’s life?” the reporter asked. “You said the justices are protected but there was an attempt on Justice Kavanaugh’s life.”
“And he’s protected,” Pelosi shot back. “He’s protected. This issue is not about the justices, it’s about staff and the rest. The justices are protected, you saw the attorney general even double down on that.”
“But this is about security for the justices and an armed man showed up near Justice Kavanaugh’s house to try to kill him,” the reporter pointed out.
“We’re working together on the bill that the Senate will be able to approve of,” Pelosi insisted, adding, “We can pass whatever we want here, we want it to be able to pass the Senate.”
“So, I don’t know what you’re talking about because evidently you haven’t seen what the debate [and] language is,” she continued. “There will be a bill but nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill.”
Mitch McConnell says Democrats need to “fiddling around”
Fox News explained that Democrats object to the bill on the grounds that it does not offer protection to Supreme Court clerks along with justices.
The Daily Caller noted that for his part, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly urged Democrats to move forward with the legislation.
“House Democrats must pass this bill and they need to do it today,” the Kentucky Republican said on Wednesday. “No more fiddling around with this, they need to pass it today.”
“They need to stop their multi-week blockade against the Supreme Court security bill and pass it before the sun sets today.”