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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was forced to make a stealthy exit out the back door of a Washington, D.C., restaurant after leftist protesters chased him down at dinner because of his vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday night, D.C.-area protesters learned that Kavanaugh was having dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in the city's downtown, Politico's Playbook newsletter reported Friday morning.
A left-wing group called ShutDownDC tweeted on July 6 that Kavanaugh had "snuck [sic] out for a swanky DC dinner" and invited local activists to "join him." The protesters showed up at the restaurant, encouraged others to call Morton's and demand management kick Kavanaugh out, and later tweeted that the justice had been forced to exit through the back of the restaurant.
\u201cWe hear Kavanaugh snuck out the back with his security detail. @mortons should be ashamed for welcoming a man who so clearly hates women.\u201d— ShutDownDC (@ShutDownDC) 1657155197
Politico reported that Kavanaugh did not see nor hear the protesters and ate a full meal at Morton's but left before dessert. The restaurant chain's management issued a furious statement condemning the protests.
“Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton’s restaurant. Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency.”
ShutDownDC was unapologetic Friday morning. "No rights for us, no peace for you. Get f***ed @mortons," the group tweeted.
While the restaurant was harassed Wednesday, another group of protesters had gathered outside Kavanaugh's private home in Chevy Chase, Md. to continue their abortion rights demonstrations, much to the annoyance of the neighborhood.
Bethesda magazine spoke with some of Kavanaugh's neighbors, who complained to police about the noise, obscenities being shouted, and general disruption to the community.
One woman, who remained anonymous for safety reasons, told the magazine the protesters' actions were inappropriate for a private neighborhood with young children.
“Most of those children are too young to understand what they’re doing and way too young for us to have these crucial conversations with. They are extremely frightened by their actions and no longer feel safe in their own homes,” she said.
The neighbor also complained that Montgomery County officials were incorrectly characterizing the protests as "peaceful."
"They are far from. It’s actually embarrassing that anyone would categorize them as such,” she said. “Ask anyone on our street that lives here or has been here when they’re happening and they will tell you the same. It’s horrendous and insane that this is allowed to happen at our private homes.”
Another neighbor, Florence Knauf, said that while she doesn't agree with Kavanaugh, it would be better for the protesters to take their demonstrations to a public place like the U.S. Supreme Court building.
“Brett Kavanaugh and I don’t agree with each other very much, but I actually think that doing this outside of a person’s house is hard,” Knauf said. "You have a Supreme Court [building] that is public and is totally a place where you can, like, deal with your First Amendment rights. And going to someone’s house is pretty scary.”
Montgomery County officials have said the protesters are abiding by local regulations that limit protests in front of residences.
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