The pro-abortion group “Ruth Sent Us” hinted at targeting the family of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
In a tweet sent out Wednesday, the group directed their thousands of followers to join them for protests outside Barrett’s home, which they claim to organize every Thursday.
The tweet went on to say, “Falls Church [the city where Barrett and her family reside] is a People of Praise stronghold. She sends her seven kids to a People of Praise school that she sat on the Board of Directors for. She attends church DAILY.”
The group’s protests are in response to the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion which surfaced in May and indicated that the court was likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Roe’s 1973 ruling made abortion access a federal right.
In the wake of the court leak, the Department of Homeland Security warned that the nation could see a rise in violence perpetrated by “pro-choice abortion-related violent extremists.”
Just two days after the leak, Ruth Sent Us posted online the private addresses of the court’s six conservative justices. The group then encouraged their followers to show up for protests outside the justices’ homes, adding that “we must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
Despite the fact that protesting outside a private home is illegal in Virginia, the state where Barrett and two other of the targeted justices live, no apparent legal action has been taken against the group.
The group’s suggestion to target Barrett’s seven children came just hours after a man was arrested for attempting to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Early Wednesday morning, law enforcement officials arrested Nicholas Roske, a 26-year-old California man, outside of the conservative justice’s home. Roske was found to be carrying a handgun, two clips of ammunition, a tactical knife, pepper spray, a crowbar, and duct tape.
Roske told FBI agents he had come from California “to kill a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.” He also told agents he had found Kavanaugh’s address — which Ruth Sent Us leaked on May 4 — online.
Roske was later charged with attempt to murder a Supreme Court Justice.