U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was dining at Morton’s Steakhouse on Wednesday night when abortion rights activitists began protesting outside the restaurant, forcing Kavanaugh to exit through the back door.
The establishment expressed outrage over the incident, telling Politico in a statement that “politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner.”
“There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency,” the statement concluded.
Morton’s added that it was not just Kavanaugh whose dinner was interupted, but everyone who ate at the establishment that night was “unduly harassed by unruly protestors.” The court has yet to comment on the incident and it is unclear whether Kavanaugh dined alone or with family or friends.
However, Kavanaugh did not stay for dessert at the Washington, D.C., establishment, nor did he ever hear or see the protesters, who appear to be a part of the ShutDown DC movement. Following the incident, the group offered cash rewards for anyone who spots one of the conservative justices in public.
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Kavanaugh recently came under fire as one of SCOTUS’ five conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade and other controversial cases, joining with the majority opinion on numerous decisions that some claim are stripping away democracy in the U.S.
Notably, protesters appeared outside of multiple conservative justices’ homes, including Kavanaugh’s, after the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade. The decision made abortion illegal in many states with few exceptions, and others are planning similar legislation in the coming weeks.
Last month, Justice Kavanaugh was the target of an assassination attempt before the perpetrator, Nicholas Roske, called the police on himself at the justice’s home in suburban Maryland.