It appears the Biden administration is preparing for the “Summer of Rage” that pro-abortion activists have promised in response to a potential Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The White House is reportedly alerting law enforcement agencies to be ready for an uptick in political violence when the court issues its ruling in late June.
The threat of violence came to light when Rachel Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, declared that “today is day one of an uprising to protect abortion rights. It is day one of our feminist future. And it is day one of a summer of rage where we will be ungovernable.”
She made these remarks during a May 14 speech at the US Capitol building. On the same day, the activist took to Twitter to reaffirm the commitment to preserving abortion in all 50 states. She tweeted:
“For the women of this country, this will be a summer of rage.
Until our government starts working for us and codifies our right to an abortion, we will be UNGOVERNABLE.
This is a fight for abortion [sic] rights. And it’s a fight we’ll win.”
When Carmona used the phrase “Summer of Rage,” she was likely referring to a series of demonstrations the Women’s March intends to hold across the country to advocate for so-called abortion rights. But it appears others might have something more nefarious in mind.
“The U.S. government is bracing for a potential surge in political violence once the Supreme Court hands down the ruling that’s expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by Axios,” the news agency reported. According to the memo, law enforcement agencies are investigating threats to burn or storm the Supreme Court building and murder the justices and their clerks, as well as attacking abortion clinics and places of worship.
The report also cautioned that the threats that came in response to the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
The White House indicated that “[s]ome racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to ‘save white children’ and ‘fight white genocide,’” but the bulk of the violence seems more likely to come from the pro-abortion side.
The Senate recently voted to increase security for Supreme Court justices after the threats were issued. “Attempts to intimidate Supreme Court Justices by the Radical Left are sadly nothing new, but dangerous nonetheless,” said Sen. John Cornyn, (R-TX), who introduced the legislation. “We must protect the Justices and their families in case these protests do turn violent.”
There has already been at least one instance of pro-abortion violence. An activist hurled a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Wisconsin pro-life advocacy group earlier this month. The assailant spray-painted “[i]f abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either” on the wall of the building.
There are several factors at play here. If the Biden administration knew about potential threats coming from the pro-abortion crowd, why did former White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismiss the risks of protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices? During a press conference, she told reporters the White House supports peaceful protests and that they “continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes.”
They have been peaceful, so far – but it only takes one or two deranged individuals to introduce violence into the situation. Moreover, other than issuing a warning, does the White House intend to take any concrete steps towards preventing political violence? The memo does not appear to indicate what, if anything, will actually be done.
Moreover, this revelation should make one wonder if Biden and the Democrats will pull back on the incendiary rhetoric. They have been using the conversation to paint conservatives as evil misogynistic bigots who are attacking human rights. While the nation is currently discussing how rhetoric on the right supposedly influenced the white supremacist who killed ten people in Buffalo, New York, it would seem to be a good idea for the pro-abortion crowd to refrain from using fiery language to demonize those with whom they disagree.
One hopes the violence doesn’t rise to the level seen in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and it seems unlikely that it would. Nevertheless, the government should be prepared to address any potential unrest that occurs – especially after the Supreme Court issues its ruling. The last thing America needs more political violence.