Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said she's "MADDER than hell" and is "determined to fight like hell" after a draft majority opinion from the Supreme Court indicating the court is poised to overturn the 1974 case Roe v Wade was leaked.
Warren's words echo those spoken by former President Donald Trump at a rally at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021. Democrats later used Trump's words to argue for the Republican president's impeachment.
In February 2021, NPR reported on Trump's remarks, which were used by House managers in a Senate impeachment trial to indicate that Trump was "inciting an insurrection."
"Democrats have pointed to one phrase in particular as they argue that Trump incited those present to march down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol," NPR wrote.
"We fight like hell," Trump said at the time. "And if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore."
The draft decision from Justice Samuel Alito is not official, though it's been verified. Because a ruling has not yet been released, it's reasonable to state the court is still working on the matter. However, for Warren and many of her colleagues, the time is ripe to protest a branch of government carrying out its duty.
"I am angry," Warren said outside the Court on Wednesday. "Angry and upset and determined."
"I am here because I am angry, and I am here because the United States Congress can change all of this. Angry, but committed," Warren affirmed.
After a heckler interrupted Warren on her commitment to "dismember children," Warren said "We've heard enough from the extremists."
The next day, Warren shared an article praising her plans to "fight like hell."
The article quoted her Wednesday speech, in which Warren took issue with conservatives for "plotting, carefully cultivating these Supreme Court justices so they could have a majority on the bench who would accomplish something that the majority of Americans do not want."
"They knew what they were getting when they voted for these people. And this is what they want. It is up to the rest of us to make the legislative process work," she said.
When Justice Brett Kavanaugh — one of the majority represented by Alito's draft opinion — was nominated to the court in 2018, protests against him erupted. More than 300 activists were arrested at those protests, including celebrities like actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajowski, who made their way into the Senate and refused to leave, disrupting Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.
Thousands of protestors swarmed the capitol and refuse to disperse to prevent Congress from going about their duty and voting on Trump's first Supreme Court nominee. Trump successfully appointed two justices to the court, both of whom appear to have voted with Alito in the latest case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which could see the removal of federal protections for abortion, when the decision is released.
As Trump spoke in DC at the Ellipse on January 6, 2021, protestors gathered at the Capitol. Trump encouraged peaceful protest of the confirmation of the Electoral College votes for incoming President Joe Biden, saying "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard."
Those who protested and attempted to disrupt the vote for Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and were arrested received fines of $50 in many cases. Those who protested and attempted to disrupt the vote to certify the Electoral College vote were arrested and many remain still in prison awaiting trial, with fines well in excess of $50.
Warren is praised for her fighting words, while Trump has been denounced as an insurrectionist, though no charges were laid.
There appears to be a distinct double standard in how those who protest the highest branches of government are treated, and it is entirely dependent on where their views fall on the political spectrum. Trump, and his supporters, were roundly decried for their actions, with pundits and politicians alike talking breathlessly about how afraid they were, and the risk to the country.
Warren and her colleagues, along with the actresses and celebrities who joined the fight to prevent Kavanaugh's confirmation, were praised and glorified as fighters for a just cause.
Their methods were the same. But Trump was denounced for it, while Warren was praised.
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