White House defends 'peaceful' protests at Supreme Court and justices' homes

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Thursday that the administration understands the "passion" behind the protests carried out by pro-abortion rights activists fearing the reversal of Roe v. Wade after a leaked draft opinion, but she urged participants to keep it "peaceful."

Psaki fielded a number of questions about the topic during Thursday's press briefing, where she also announced she'd be leaving her post on May 13.

"Peaceful protest is not extreme," she told Fox News's Peter Doocy. "I think our view here is that peaceful protest, there's a long history in the United States, in the country, of that, and we certainly encourage people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence."

Doocy repeatedly pressed Psaki on whether protesters should keep their demonstrations limited to the grounds around the Supreme Court and not "to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland" as some organizers have publicly stated.

He claimed that activists had published a map of the Washington metropolitan area "with the home addresses of the Supreme Court Justices" and asked if... (Read more)