DeSantis Calls Foiled Plot to Kill Justice Kavanaugh ‘Very Troubling,’ Says Media Silence ‘Deafening’

June 9, 2022 Updated 1:37 PM ET


June 9, 2022 Updated 1:37 P.M. ET

FORT WALTON BEACH (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday more people should condemn the foiled plan from a 26-year-old man to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“I really haven’t heard, I think, a sufficient amount of response given really the gravity of what was what was attempted,” DeSantis said. 

Officials said the man is charged with attempted murder and told police he was upset about Kavanaugh’s positions on Roe v. Wade and the Second Amendment. 

The assassination attempt comes at a time when the justices are deliberating a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. A draft opinion leaked showing five justices sided to send abortion regulations back to the states. 

“It wasn’t even just the fact that this guy was looking to murder someone which is very serious,” DeSantis said. “But that was being done in service of really changing outcomes at the judicial branch of government and that’s really, really problematic.”

DeSantis said there is “no place” for this type of behavior no matter where the person lands on the political spectrum. 

The Governor also called out the media for its lack of coverage. For example, there are reports that The New York Times “buried” the assassination plot against Justice kavanaugh. The National Review cites that Politico Playbook and USA Today’s print version did not mention the assassination attempt.

“The silence is deafening from a lot of our media outlets on this, they do not want to talk about it,” DeSantis said. “But I can only imagine if the shoe was reversed. I mean, they would be going berserk if you had some Trump support or doing anything even approaching that.”

The Governor continued to say that protestors and “mobs” should not be in front of the Supreme Court Justice’s homes. 

“There’s a time and place and a manner for people to be able to protest, but to go in a residential community and to be trying to intimidate folks is not the appropriate thing,” DeSantis said.

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