Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that the protests outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home were just as bad as the riot that took place on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
Protests have unfolded outside conservative justices' private homes following the leak of a draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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Cruz made the remarks during a Monday night discussion with Fox News' Sean Hannity.
The Texas lawmaker said that the media were also engaging in what amounted to blatant hypocrisy by refusing to express outrage over the pro-choice protests taking place outside the conservative-leaning justices' homes.
"It's complete hypocrisy, you see this in the corporate media, you see this among Democrats," Cruz said. "On January 6 of 2021, you had tens of thousands of people peacefully protesting, and yet the corporate media and Democrats slander them with the made-up term 'insurrectionist,'" Cruz told Hannity. "And yet in this instance, they are not willing to call off their goons even now, even now, as this has the potential to escalate and escalate further."
Cruz added that the protests are "the latest manifestation of just how extreme" and "just how radical" the Democratic Party has become.
He added, "Today's Democratic Party believes in violence, they believe in mob rule, they believe in intimidation, just like Marxists and communists, they're willing to burn our institutions to the ground to get what they want. ... Once again, they're putting politics above everything else, including people's lives. And these radicals are inviting violence directed at our judiciary, and directed at the rule of law."
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday said that the Biden administration supported the demonstrators' right to protest, but noted that any "violence, threats, and intimidation" had "no place in political discourse."