Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California … arrived at Kavanugh’s house in a cab around 1 am this morning. He was dressed in black and immediately was noticed by two US Deputy Marshals who were guarding the property. Roske walked away and later he called 911 and gave them his name and said he’d come from California to kill a specific Supreme Court Justice. Police were dispatched to Kavanaugh’s home and when they arrived they found Roske who was still on the phone. He had a backpack on him that was full of tools that could be used for a break in plus weapons.
Roske was carrying a suitcase and backpack filled with a tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol, two magazines, ammunition, pepper spray and zip ties, the FBI said. …
As for why he was doing this, there’s not much mystery about that. He believed killing Kavanaugh would give his life purpose.
The affidavit said Roske was upset about the leak of the Supreme Court opinion related to abortion rights, an upcoming gun control case and the school shooting last month in Uvalde, Texas.
“Roske indicated that he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws,” the FBI agent wrote. “Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice” after breaking into his home. Roske planned to kill himself as well, the affidavit added.
CNN’s story leaves out an important part of the sentence above. From the affidavit: “Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the internet.”
Tonight we peacefully (different than quietly 🤣) rise together to say, “Not today, Fascists!” You in?!@ShutDown_DC @OurRightsDC @RuthSentUs @riseup4abortion #SCOTUSisCompromised #pridemonth2022 #Protest #Women #LGBT #WearOrange pic.twitter.com/HNGwAwKYKB
— Downright Impolite (@downrightimp) June 8, 2022
I suppose it’s possible someone else had posted it but it seems most likely this is a reference to Ruth Sent Us, the group which posted a map with addresses for six of the Justices last month. As I pointed out at the time, Ruth Sent Us claimed they didn’t provide complete addresses but that was a gimmick designed to give them plausible deniability. In fact, they had also posted TikTok videos which identified each home. In several cases they made sure the house number was visible in the videos. They’ve also been tweeting out messages like this one calling for the “punishment” of just one “corrupt theocrat” on the Court. …
You think this is teachable moment for the left? Something the media will agonize over and use to prompt people to improve their behavior? No, it’s just more political violence aimed at the right, that will be sanitized and forgotten in a few days.
This is a pretty clear case of the “climate of hate” leading to bad consequences. Will the left show outrage? Will there be 100 think-pieces about this tomorrow as we all know there would be if this had happened at Sotomayor’s house? Will anyone argue that the left has been building up to something like this since the confirmation hearings? That the red capes taken from a dystopian novel were present at his confirmation and are now present outside his house. That the leak of the draft decision was obviously going to result in threats? Will anyone try to connect the dots from the left’s specific hatred of Kavanaugh since 2018 to this deranged person?
Or will we instead get a “Republicans seize on assassination attempt” headline that makes the reaction the story instead of making the story itself the story. The climate of hate only ever seems to function in one direction as far as most media outlets are concerned. It’s hard to believe this time will be any different.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 8, 2022
Front webpage of the NY Times right now. Takes a full double scroll before the assassination attempt on a sitting SCOTUS Justice is even mentioned. pic.twitter.com/n5YOZEv3do
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 8, 2022
Like Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, attempted assassin of Steve Scalise, erased from history.
So, basically, an NPR listener pushed into violence by their extreme rhetoric. …
Democrats would be happy to see Kavanaugh gone and replaced by Biden. Republicans need to say that they won’t allow a seat opened by assassination to be filled until after the next presidential election.