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Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson admonished chief law enforcement officials Friday, demanding they address an outbreak of domestic terrorism in Wisconsin and offer plans to protect pro-life organizations from potential threats.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas obtained exclusively by The Federalist, Johnson railed against agency silence on a domestic terrorist attack against a Madison pro-life group last weekend.
On Sunday, Wisconsin Family Action revealed its Madison office was targeted with a Molotov cocktail with demonstrators leaving behind the message in spray paint, “if abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either.” The radical pro-abortion group “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility for the attack with an explicit warning that “next time the infrastructure of the enslavers will not survive.”
“Medical imperialism will not face a passive enemy,” the group added in a statement. “Wisconsin is the first flashpoint, but we are all over the US, and we will issue no further warnings.”
After the routine riots of 2020 glorified left-wing violence as righteous acts of political activism, Johnson demanded the trio of top law enforcement officials outline how each will protect pro-life groups from harassment and intimidation campaigns in light of a pending reversal of Roe v. Wade.
“In 2020, extremists exploited demonstrations across the country to incite riots that resulted in the loss of life, more than 2,000 injuries to law enforcement officers, and over $1 billion in property damage,” Johnson wrote, citing numbers from the Police Chief Association. “There are currently mobs outside of the residences of the Supreme Court Justices appointed by Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump … and, once again, DOJ, FBI, and DHS have yet to condemn these activities.”
The White House itself has endorsed the demonstrations outside the homes of justices who’ve signaled a willingness to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision’s guarantee of abortion, after a February draft of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson was leaked earlier this month.
“I know that there is an outrage right now about protests that have been peaceful to date,” Psaki said in a Tuesday press briefing. “We certainly continue to encourage that outside of judges’ homes.”
Johnson gave President Joe Biden’s deputies until May 27 to respond to his letter, comparing their silence to the Justice Department’s targeting of concerned parents who raised objections to sexually explicit curriculums and endless Covid protocols last fall as domestic terrorists.
“I want to reemphasize that your silence on this abhorrent attack against a pro-life organization is deafening and your continued silence could be construed as a tacit endorsement,” Johnson wrote.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.