Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was slammed on Twitter for claiming the media uses double standards to downplay protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices.
The conservative Ohio Republican faced backlash on Wednesday for his tweet asking whether there would be greater media outrage if protesters turned up at the home of liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Several Twitter users panned Jordan for the comparison. The gathering dust is part of the lingering fallout from the Supreme Court’s recently leaked draft opinion repealing abortion rights.
Following the leak of the statement, pro-choice protesters rallied outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on Saturday. They later marched to the nearby home of Chief Justice John Roberts. The protesters have also targeted the home of Judge Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion.
“Can you imagine the media outrage when protesters stood outside Judge Sotomayor’s home?” asked Jordan on Twitter on Wednesday to his 2.7 million followers.
Jordan’s responses included tweets repeating arguments that the leaked opinion shows conservative judges misled the Senate by saying they were bowing to precedent.
“Are you kidding me?” Twitter user Yehonatan Hunter called“If Judge Sotomayor were lying to Congress like these other judges, I’d be standing outside their house with a sign too!”
Other Twitter users argued Sotomayor almost certainly did not support the leaked opinion that it would undermine asserted privacy rights and women’s ability to make healthcare decisions.
“Judge Sotomayor does not deprive millions of Americans of their right to privacy” wrote Twitter user Libraritarian.
Twitter user CC “6. January Committee” responded sarcastically, To write“I’ve heard that Judge Sotomayor wants to pass legislation requiring all men to have a vasectomy unless their wife signs a statement apologizing for them. She also wants to ban Viagra.”
“Can you imagine the media and Republican outrage if Judge Sotomayor’s husband staged a riot to steal the presidency from a Republican like Ginni Thomas?” wrote Twitter user djoretiree referred to revealed texts in which Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife urged the 2020 election be overturned.
Some agreed with Jordan. Twitter user 1A_audit wrote that “if anyone went to her house, they’d be thrown in the damn Gitmo and hit with a phone book twice a day for the next 30 years.”
Appointed by former President Barack Obama, Sotomayor has issued harshly worded dissenting opinions as the rising conservative wing of the Supreme Court began dismantling national abortion laws introduced nearly 50 years ago. She has also raised concerns that lifting the precedent would undermine the rule of law and the credibility of the Court.
“Will this institution survive the stench created by the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are merely political acts? I don’t see how that’s possible,” Sotomayor said last year.
news week turned to the Supreme Court for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/jim-jordan-ripped-comparing-sotomayor-other-justices-facing-protests-1705847 Jim Jordan torn for comparing Sotomayor to other judges facing protests