Washington Examiner, July 2022
President Joe Biden faces a dilemma in turning the midterm elections into a referendum on abortion: harnessing his base’s anger at the reversal of Roe v. Wade without letting passions get out of control. That can be seen in the White House’s uneven response to protests against anti-Roe Supreme Court justices. Some fear for the justices’ safety, while others maintain that the protests are an exercise of free speech.
The issue most recently came to a head after angry pro-abortion rights protesters interrupted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh while he was dining at an upmarket Washington, D.C., steakhouse and outgoing Communications Director Kate Bedingfield downplayed the demonstrators’ power over Biden.