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Tucker Carlson’s viewers got more than they bargained for on Monday night, when the Fox News anchor had to swiftly cut a live feed from outside Justice Samuel Alito’s house after a protester launched an expletive-filled chant with her middle finger aloft.
Carlson was describing the protests against the recent draft Supreme Court ruling, written by Alito, that would overturn Roe v Wade.
Protests have erupted in front of the Supreme Court Building and around the country after the leaked draft opinion.
Other demonstrators, angry at the prospect of abortion being prohibited in multiple states, have taken to protesting outside the homes of the conservative justices who voted in favor of overturning the 1973 legislation.
Dozens of people also gathered over the weekend outside the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts in the Washington and Maryland suburbs.
‘So it used to be like, before Joe Biden was president that Supreme Court justices were allowed to write opinions because that’s how the system worked,’ Carlson said.
Tucker Carlson on Monday night showed a live feed of protesters outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito in Virginia
Protesters are seen on Monday evening outside the home of Alito
Pro-choice protesters numbering over 100 gathered on Monday outside the Virginia residence
‘Now we’re gonna take you to Alexandria, Virginia outside Justice Samuel Alito’s house to show you what it looks like when you write an opinion the mob doesn’t like. Those are live pictures.’
More than 100 people were outside the home, lighting candles and chanting: ‘Abort the court!’
A woman in an orange t-shirt that read ‘not your uterus, not your choice’ and a purple face mask stating ‘bans off our bodies’ was in the shot.
Holding a bullhorn, she began shouting: ‘F*** Samuel Alito. And f*** everybody who thinks that they can they can tell someone that they aren’t -‘
Carlson, realizing what was happening, as the woman lifted the middle finger towards Alito’s home, hastily said: ‘Ah, so let’s turn that off. Too much.’
He added: ‘It pains me to even put stuff like that on television, but people should see, you know, what this actually looks like.’
Justice Samuel Alito is pictured with Donald Trump inside the White House in July 2019
Pro Choice activists hold a protest in support of abortion rights in front of the Massachusetts State House on Sunday
On Monday the Senate passed legislation to beef up security for all Supreme Court justices, ensuring they and their families are protected as the court deliberates abortion access.
The bipartisan bill, which passed by voice vote with no objections, did not provide additional funding, which could come later.
But it aims to put the court on par with the executive and legislative branches, making certain the nine justices are provided security as some protesters have gathered outside their homes.
The bill now moves to the House for its consideration.
The Senate legislation is a technical change that allows Supreme Court law enforcement to provide around-the-clock security to immediate family members, in line with protection for some people in the executive and legislative branches.
Abortion-rights protesters display flags during a demonstration outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday
John Cornyn, who co-sponsored it, said threats to Supreme Court justices and their families are ‘disgraceful’, and attempts to intimidate the independence of the judiciary branch should not be tolerated.
‘The House must take up and pass it immediately,’ Cornyn said.
Police have set up a tall fence and blocked off streets this week as people have protested in front of the Supreme Court Building, which is across from the U.S. Capitol.
They have also shut down the plaza and steps in front of the building.
‘Trying to scare federal judges into ruling a certain way is far outside the bounds of normal First Amendment speech or protest,’ Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said ahead of the vote.