Should Supreme Court justices accept protesters as part of the job?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh found himself embroiled in controversy yet again after a group of pro-choice protesters crashed his Wednesday night dinner at Washington, D.C.'s Morton's Steakhouse, where they demanded Kavanaugh be kicked out for voting to overturn Roe v. Wade. Though he stayed to finish his meal, the justice then reportedly left through the back without ordering dessert. The steakhouse later defended Kavanaugh, writing that politics "should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything."

When asked about the incident, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned any tactics of intimidation and violence, but said the Biden administration supports the right to peaceful protest. And Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg recently said officials like Kavanaugh "should expect" these kinds of interactions. Morton's, meanwhile, is dealing with a deluge of fake reservations and phone calls since issuing its initial statement. Here's a quick look at how a few prominent thought leaders are parsing the confrontation.

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