Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered a stern message to House Democrats on Wednesday after police arrested an armed man near the residence of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Police arrested a California man near Kavanaugh's home in Maryland shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The man allegedly told police that he wanted to kill Kavanaugh. When police detained the man, he was carrying a gun, knife, and other "burglary tools," the Washington Post reported. Fortunately, the man never set foot on Kavanaugh's property.
The man was allegedly angry about the leaked opinion draft that indicated the Supreme Court had voted to overturn abortion precedents, and was also reportedly under the belief that Kavanaugh would vote to nullify gun control measures.
What did McConnell say?
Shortly after after news broke of the man's arrest, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor and demanded House Democrats pass the Supreme Court Police Parity Act.
The Senate unanimously passed the bill last month after the opinion draft leaked. The bill would extend police protection to the immediate family member of Supreme Court justices or "any officer of the Supreme Court if the Marshal determines such protection is necessary."
House Democrats, however, have refused to vote on the bill. Their reasoning? Because it does not extend police protection to law clerks and other Supreme Court staff.
"House Democrats have spent weeks blocking it. The House Democratic majority has refused to take it up. That needs to change — right now," McConnell said. "House Democrats must pass this bill and they must do it today.
"House Democrats need to stop their multi-week blockade against the Supreme Court security bill and pass it before the sun sets today," he demanded.
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In his brief speech, McConnell attributed the shocking arrest and alleged assassination plot to "unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric" against the Supreme Court's conservative-leaning justices.
“This is exactly the kind of event that many feared that terrible breach of the Court’s rules and norms could fuel," McConnell said. "This is exactly the kind of event that many worried the unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric from prominent figures toward the Court, going back many months, and especially in recent weeks, could make more likely.
“This is exactly why the Senate passed legislation very shortly after the leak to enhance the police protection for the Justices and their families," he added. "This is commonsense, noncontroversial legislation that passed this chamber unanimously."