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In a discussion that turned quickly into a heated debate about the man that was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home last week, Fox News analysts Juan Williams and Karl Rove exchanged verbal blows over the extent to which protesters have the right to protest.
Asked about the dichotomy between the response to the threat to Kavanaugh’s life and a theoretical Trump supporter going crazy outside the home of a liberal justice, Rove brings up the current lackluster interpretation of the statute that prohibits protests “with the intent of influencing any judge.”
“We either ought to apply the law, or we ought to just simply say it’s open season on judges!” Rove said on Fox News Sunday.
“I think you have a right to protest,” Williams responded.
“But not in front of their house!” Rove exclaimed.
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“You have a right to protest anywhere in America,” Williams shot back. “Now clearly, these people should not be violent, and they shouldn’t threaten. But the idea that they’re influencing … I don’t think it’s about the influence. I think it’s about a Supreme Court that’s become radical, and extremist, and activist, and is going to put out a decision that’s going to — believe me — polarize this country. Undo 50 years of law!”
Rove unleashed his fury over the lack of enforcement of the statute that is encouraging continued protests outside of the justice’s home which some have described as “one of the scariest things” ever witnessed.
“So because you disagree with a prospective decision, you think people have a right to show up in front of a house and try and intimidate a judge to change their mind?” Rove asked.
“No,” Williams responded.
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“How about any case in America? Would you defend everybody’s right to go in front of every judge and say. ‘My God, if you decide one way or the other, you deserve me protesting in front of your house!’ Forget it! That’s intimidation!” Rove argued.
After exchanging several more verbal volleys, the pair brought the heated debate to a close.
“I think everyone at this table has had people demonstrate, or come to their door, and it’s unsettling,” Williams reiterated. “No one’s defending it. But the right to protest is essential to America.”
“But not in front of their house!” Rove said forcefully.
But Williams continued to disagree noting, “I’m just telling you, in politics, that’s a reality.”
“It’s not a good reality,” Rove concluded.
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