Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy wants to see pro-choice protesters — especially those who protest outside the homes of Supreme Court justices — to be prosecuted for “hate crimes,” even though such protests are protected under the First Amendment right to assemble.
During a segment on “Fox & Friends” Sunday, Campos-Duffy reported that some protesters were demonstrating outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices after the draft of a opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked indicating that the high court will overturn Roe v. Wade and take away the right of women to decide whether or not they want an abortion.
Campos asked her guest, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares:
“What will happen if they protest churches, enter churches and, God forbid, if they desecrate the Eucharist?”
“This violates one of the most fundamental rights we recognize in this country, your ability to worship God according to the dictates of your conscience.
“We are looking at all options on the table. Hopefully, we’re going to have a blessed Mother’s Day and people are going to be able to your place of worship, celebrate with their loved ones, celebrate this amazing day in recognition of motherhood and not have it interfered by protesters who decide to bring politics inside the church.”
There have been no protests outside or inside of churches, so it remains unclear where Campos-Duffy got such an absurd idea.
The host then asked:
“That is so good to hear. What about hate crimes because they are very much specifically targeting Catholics?”
“You know, we’re going to have to wait and see. The good news here is we have a new governor here in Virginia.”
A protest, even if it is directed at a Catholic, isn’t a hate crime, no matter how badly Campos-Duffy wants it to be. And considering that it’s the anti-choice, “pro-life” crowd that has repeatedly bombed family planning clinics and killed doctors who perform abortions, her remarks sound like classic projection.
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