After an attempted assassination on a Supreme Court justice and continued threats against the bench, it’s startling what Vox senior editor Ian Millhiser finds appropriate. Nothing less than a fantasized obituary for Justice Samuel Alito.
A Tuesday tweet that has since been taken down highlighted thoughts about Alito’s imaginary death.
Alito, of course, wrote both the draft opinion that was unprecedentedly leaked in May and then the majority’s ruling in overturning Roe v. Wade. He also gave a spirited defense of the court against foreign critics of the decision.
Millhiser, perhaps in an attempt to take some edge off an indefensible post, declared that Alito is “not devoid of positive traits.” The false obit said that he is a skilled litigator for the Republican Party who, without the appointment to the Supreme Court, might be fondly remembered by some.
However, it went downhill from there.
Vox senior editor Ian Millhiser openly fantasized about the death of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, penning a prewritten obituary. https://t.co/4eTAOvTDBo
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 4, 2022
The Vox editor described Alito in the fantasized death announcement as a hack for the Republican Party who takes political cues while serving on the non-partisan bench. Millhiser said he embraces the role of a partisan advocate, something highly inappropriate for a sitting justice.
It’s difficult not to see this writing as an endorsement of a violent act.
This, of course, comes in the wake of June‘s attempted assassination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The alleged culprit? An armed leftist radical who flew from California to exact revenge for the high court’s overturning of Roe.
The 26-year-old suspect, who has since been indicted, is Nicholas John Roske. He posted in an online forum that he could change the direction of the court “for decades to come” if he were successful. He also said he was “shooting for 3.”
Even so, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen told a House hearing late last week that protests and activities against the justices are protected by the 1st Amendment. At least he did clear up the question of acting against actual threats of violence.
Olsen said that the members of the Supreme Court “deserve to be safe.” Has it reached the point where this even needs to be confirmed?
No doubt Millhiser is protected by that same 1st Amendment for his bizarre fantasy of Justice Alito’s death. But who is protecting the Supreme Court from this radical wave seeking vengeance on justices who simply performed their constitutional duties?