Both sides of the political aisle have to be called out when it comes to violence, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.
The threat of political violence has been escalated for some time, most recently with a leaked Supreme Court opinion that could mean the end of Roe v. Wade. Several protests have taken place outside the homes of justices, and the Department of Homeland Security is warning the U.S. could see more violence over the issue of abortion rights.
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"[President Joe Biden] believes violence, threats, and intimidation have no place in political discourse anywhere," Jean-Pierre said. "We want to make sure we're calling out both sides of what is happening and what we're seeing."
The DHS has U.S. Marshals providing support in case of violence, she added, and said legislation may be needed going forward.
"The president believes Congress should pass legislation to fund increased security for the court and judges as soon as possible," said Jean-Pierre.
Biden is a full supporter of peaceful protests, she concluded.
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Since the May 2 leak of a Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, law enforcement agencies have investigated threats levied on social media to storm or burn down the Supreme Court building, in addition to threats to murder justices and their clerks. Some of the threat warnings have already transpired, such as the vandalism of Wisconsin Family Action, a lobbying and advocacy organization that sustained damages at its Madison headquarters earlier this month.
Earlier this month, tall, unscalable fences were erected outside the high court amid protests near the Supreme Court building.