U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sharply criticized pro-abortion protesters demonstrating outside the homes of his conservative colleagues.
Speaking at a conservative conference in Dallas on Friday, Thomas told the crowd, according to Newsweek, “You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way.”
“We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat,” he added.
Speaking of how conservatives behave, the court’s current longest-serving justice noted, “You will not see the utter destruction of a single nominee. You will also not see people going to other people’s houses, attacking them at dinner at a restaurant, throwing things on them.”
And a recent poll shows that most Americans overwhelmingly dislike the protests Thomas criticized.
The right-leaning Trafalgar Group released a poll on Tuesday that found 76 percent of respondents said it is unacceptable to publish the home addresses of the five most conservative justices and call for protests at their private homes as a way to criticize the court for its anticipated ruling on Roe v. Wade.
Only 16 percent said that was acceptable.
Perhaps surprisingly, two-thirds of Democrats agreed that doxxing and protesting at justices’ homes was inappropriate.
On the other hand, 21 percent of Democrats said that was OK.
In contrast, Republicans felt that going to justices’ homes was unacceptable by an 87-8 margin. Independents concurred with that 75-19.
Meanwhile, 52 percent believed that the Biden administration’s refusal to publicly condemn doxxing and residential demonstrations by pro-abortion activists would encourage unlawful or violent behavior by activists.
Only 27 percent of Democrats agreed more law-breaking violence would occur – which differed sharply from Republicans (76 percent) and independents (55 percent).
The poll was conducted last week.
Earlier this week, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter that President Joe Biden believes the protests “should never include violence, threats, or vandalism.”
Yet she did not say that protesters should stay clear of the justices’ homes.