In an announcement put forth this past Friday, ShutDownDC stated that its organizers would be paying out to anyone who could tip of their protesters to the locations of any of the more conservative Supreme Court Justices, and the rewards would go up in they were still in the location given in the tip 30 minutes later.
This calling out for help started shortly after the news came to light that Justice Brett Kavanaugh had been made to flee Morton’s Steak House in Washington, D.C. via a rear exit in order to dodge a growing and rowdy crowd of protesters starting to swarm the restaurant.
“DC Service Industry Workers… If you see Kavanaugh, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett or Roberts DM us with the details! We’ll venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting and $200 if they’re still there 30 mins after your message,” explained the social media post from @ShutDown_DC.
DC Service Industry Workers… If you see Kavanaugh, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Coney Barrett or Roberts DM us with the details!
We'll venmo you $50 for a confirmed sighting and $200 if they're still there 30 mins after your message. https://t.co/xXWZ5JZiE7
— ShutDownDC (@ShutDown_DC) July 8, 2022
Daniel Lippman, with Politico, issued a report about Kavanaugh’s disrupted dinner departure, highlighting, “Justice Brett Kavanaugh had to exit through the rear of Morton’s on Wednesday night after DC protestors showed up out front.”
NEW: Justice Brett Kavanaugh had to exit through the rear of Morton's on Wednesday night after DC protestors showed up out front. A Morton's rep told me: "Politics … should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner." https://t.co/wlA4J2nxYW pic.twitter.com/jpsfhB3JVo
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) July 8, 2022
Lippman did highlight the fact that the justice did not make any form of contact the any of the assembled protesters but fled the restaurant through a back door without finishing their meals.
One spokesperson for the restaurant in question, Morton’s, issued a statement in the wake of the incident, stating to Politico, “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.”
Peter Doocy, the White House Correspondent for Fox News, issued questions to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre regarding the incident, positing whether President Joe Biden and his administration had any concerns or issues with these protesters stalking and harassing the justices of the Supreme Court just outside of the personal residences or in public.
Doocy on Kavanaugh being forced out of a DC restaurant by protesters: "So these Justices, because protesters do not agree with an opinion… have no right to privacy?"
Jean-Pierre: "This is what a democracy is."pic.twitter.com/26EIf4ptiZ
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) July 8, 2022
“People should be allowed to be able to do that,” answered Jean-Pierre. “If it’s outside of a restaurant, if it’s peaceful, for sure.”
Doocy went further, asking if she meant that the administration was officially condoning the idea that protesters could stalk the justices around for the sole reason that they disliked a recent court ruling that had been issued.
“People have the right — this is what a democracy is,” doubled down Jean-Pierre.