The days following the publication of the leaked Roe v Wade Supreme Court draft were filled with unhinged protests. There were rallies in small towns and large cities, some lasting hours with 5-to-10 minute speaking allotments so that each activist could have his or her say. There was plenty of screaming, raised fists and threats — due to fear that the draft would become the law of the land.
At these many rallies the applause-o-meter was significantly high when a woman announced that she had had an abortion.
“I’m married with two beautiful children but at age 18 I wasn’t ready for a child so I had an abortion!” (Hearty applause)
“I’ve never told anyone this but I had an abortion when I was a teenager.” (Standing ovation applause plus accompanying screams.)
“With fear and fury, thousands across U.S. rally for abortion rights,” The Washington Post declared in a massive headline.
Gloria Allred spoke at one rally, reminding the crowd that she was forced to have a back-alley abortion before Roe v Wade — during which she almost died, “left in a bathtub of my own blood, hemorrhaging.” Handmaid’s Tale feminists in covered wagon bonnets appeared here and there as reminders of the dark gothic world to which the Supreme Court wanted to revert us. There were gay males as well as straight, woke, soy-boy allies, the latter “whipped” into feminist subservience by their mates carrying signs.
At a Harrisburg rally, Governor Tom Wolfe sat alongside Democrat warriors intent on creating a June 2020 George Floyd nationwide riot scenario should Roe v Wade be overturned in June.
Get ready; be prepared, many speakers seemed to be threatening: There will be hell to pay.
Meanwhile, across the country, several Catholic churches were vandalized and images of the Virgin Mary destroyed. President Biden, a “devout” Catholic with rosary beads in his pocket, announced to the press that:
“This is about a lot more than abortion….What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history — in recent American history.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another “devout” Catholic (maybe rosary beads in her purse), spoke on the Capitol steps to decry the “assault on women’s bodies.” In some rallies and on social media there were threats of burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and killing Justices and members of Congress.
Not to be outdone, VP Kamala Harris, without cackling, pronounced: “How dare they tell a woman what they can do with their own body! How dare they!”
The rallies made it plainly obvious that the speakers were trying to outdo one another. Who sounds the most radical? Who will get the most applause?
Then there’s Chuck Schumer, who made the following comment outside the Supreme Court in March 2020 at an abortion-rights rally:
“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh: you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
You won’t know what hit you: truth said in a moment of high emotional passion.
Meanwhile, the leftist media — which includes every media outlet from CNN, MSNBC to AOL News — was busy spinning gothic tales of a nation soon to be under the grip of Nazis and fascists. Should the overturning of Roe v Wade become law, say goodbye to your freedoms; say goodbye to democracy. Night and day, these fears and other warnings were belted out: gays and women will soon be second-class citizens; society will collapse; the Court wants to take the country back to the 19th Century.
The incessant angry bombast was not lost on one twenty-six-year-old Leftoid in Simi, California.
Nicholas John Roske, a 2014 high school grad and former Cross Country runner who lived with his parents (perhaps in the basement), is a skinny kid who appears younger than his 26 years, with big Disney ears and a television sitcom smile. Nicholas has one sibling, a sister, who appears to be a chunkier version of him.
Nicholas’ parents, Colleen and Vernon, look like nice people. His mother, who works in special education, has thick, voluptuous hair; his father, an insurance agent, looks like an agreeable sort of guy, even though you just know they were all having California-style Leftoid talk around the dinner table (“How dare they!”) when the Roe v Wade draft was released. Nicholas lived in Seattle for awhile, where he had his own apartment and where he was most likely radicalized before moving back to California.
California, like Seattle, is a Leftoid Paradise where Roske allegedly ran a pest control office in Simi Valley. According to friends and neighbors of the Roskes, the family was not overtly political. The media reported that there were no political posts on their Facebook pages. Nicholas’ Facebook posts were also non-political and rather bland, although one report stated that he listed Stephen King as his favorite author. Of course, the Facebook posts could have been scrubbed clean immediately after the twenty-six-year-old confessed to planning to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Roske’s plan is by now well-known. He hopped a plane from California to Maryland, then took a taxi to Brett Kavanaugh’s house. In a suitcase he had a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines, ammunition, a tactical knife, pepper spray, a hammer, and duct tape.
The duct tape is what creeps me out the most.
Was his plan to tape the Supreme Court Justice to a chair, then tape his mouth and neck while he acted out something Hannibal Lector-like?
I tried to match the duct tape scenario with the photo of Nicholas and his family, the one in which he is hugging his father, pumping out the love, as it were. No suggestion of hammers or duct tape there. But that’s because Nicholas thought he was embarking on a noble crusade (to kill Kavanaugh). An assassination Archduke Franz Ferdinand-style would give his life meaning (as he admitted when he called 911 and turned himself in) even though he had planned on killing himself once he killed Kavanaugh.
After that he would go down in history: Nicholas Roske saved the USA from Nazism and fascism!
That is what Nicholas Roske was led to believe given the chorus of feminists, legacy-media talking heads, governors, mayors, C-list Hollywood entertainers, who were all onboard about Nazis and fascists taking over the country because of the Roe v Wade leak.
How could these people object to an assassination? Weren’t the cries of outrage one heard everywhere after the Supreme Court leak really pleas for something radical to change the course of human events?
We know what happened after Roske’s arrest. There was no press conference-style personal condemnation from President Biden. The New York Times buried the story in the middle of the newspaper. Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to blow the whole thing off and went back to insisting that a woman has the right to tear a living human baby from inside her uterus. All this while the federal law that states it is a crime for people to protest outside a Supreme Court Justice’s house was not being enforced.
There was some change on June 14, 2022 when the House of Representatives finally approved a Senate bill adding additional security to Supreme Court justices and their family members. The bill was proposed in early May. Mitch McConnell, in an attempt to kickstart the stalled legislation, called out Biden after the assassination attempt when he said that House Democrats were “fiddling around with the legislation,” while calling for its immediately passage.
The legislation cleared the Senate by unanimous consent; the House vote was 396-27. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Norma Torres (CA), Maxine Waters (CA) where among those Democrats who voted against a bill expanding security for Supreme Court justices and their families.
On the heels of the assassination attempt, the Democrats stoked the flames of national disunity with their January sixth Hollywood insurrection spectacular. The attempt on Brett Kavanaugh’s life seemed to be fading into an even more obscure obscurity.
Mindful of the January 6 hearings as a backdrop, The Wall Street Journal had this to say:
‘…What about the growing threat to the third branch of democratic government, the Supreme Court, and especially the seeming nonchalance toward last week’s arrest of an armed man outside the house of Justice Brett Kavanaugh?
Judging by the Democrat and media reaction, you’d think this was routing news. Publications such as the NYT buried the story, while President Biden still hadn’t commented as of Sunday afternoon. Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed barely to care as she said how the House will get around to considering a Senate bill to add security for the families of the Justices.
Does anyone think this could have been the reaction if Justice Sonia Sotomayor had been targeted?”
Had Sotomayor been targeted you would have seen Rachel Maddow mimicking Edward Munch’s painting “The Scream”; Joy Behar on The View hyperventilating and tripping over her own words. Every newspaper, every legacy media anchor, every blue-haired, tattooed Democrat feminist in a tank top (with underarm hair) would have gone into overdrive, while President Biden would have delivered a special address on primetime TV.
In the coming days and weeks, when Roe is officially overturned, and when Nicholas Roske, 26, is brought to trial, expect to see the Left contort and reinvent facts. “Nicholas Roske, political prisoner,” or “an Assassin Misunderstood.”
At this point, of course, the White House will have already rolled out the you-don’t-know-what-hit-you (pay the price) whirlwind.
Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia-based journalist/columnist and the 2005 recipient of the AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism. He writes for City Journal, New York, Frontpage Magazine, Broad and Liberty, and the Philadelphia Irish Edition. He is the author of fifteen books, including ”Literary Philadelphia” and ”From Mother Divine to the Corner Swami: Religious Cults in Philadelphia.” “Death in Philadelphia: The Murder of Kimberly Ernest” will be published later this year.