US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defends her husband, Chasten Buttigieg, who mocked Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a tweet after the judge left a Washington DC restaurant when a group of rights protesters women showed up.
After Politico reported that Kavanaugh fled Morton’s The Steakhouse through a back door, Chasten Buttigieg tweeted in response to the story: “Looks like he just wanted some privacy to make his own dining decisions.”
When asked if her husband’s tweet was appropriate during an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday’, Pete Buttigieg said officials should expect criticism.
“Listen, when public servants enter public life, we should expect two things: one, you should always be safe from violence, harassment and intimidation, and two, you will never be safe from criticism or peaceful protest with people exercising their First Amendment rights,” Buttigieg explained.
Buttigieg also said the protesters were “exercising their First Amendment rights” and noted that Kavanaugh allegedly “never had contact with these protesters” and “did not see or hear from them.”
Kavanaugh was one of six conservative Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade in June, which sent shockwaves across the United States and activated multiple state trigger laws that automatically made abortion illegal due to the ruling’s fall.
As Kavanaugh ate at the popular steakhouse on Wednesday, protesters showed up outside the restaurant and called on the restaurant manager to withdraw justice, according to Politics.
The protesters were part of ShutDownDC, a liberal advocacy group in Washington DC, according to Axios. The group later reported that Kavanaugh “sneaked out the back” of the restaurant with security.
A representative for Morton’s The Steakhouse told Politico that Kavanaugh and other restaurant patrons were “unduly harassed by unruly protesters while dining at our Morton’s restaurant.”
“Politics, regardless of your side or your views, should not trample on the freedom at stake of the right to gather and dine,” the statement said. “There is a time and a place for everything. To disturb the dinner of all our customers was an act of selfishness and a lack of decency.
ShutDownDC also targets other conservatives judges, including Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts by offering DC service workers $50 for a confirmed appearance by any judge at a restaurant and $200 if that particular judge is still there afterwards 30 minutes.
The group then encourages protesters to show up at confirmed locations to protest their decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
This isn’t the first time Pete’s husband has spoken out on Twitter about his views on relevant situations. On Father’s Day, Buttigieg slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for a celebratory tweet she posted due to earlier comments about her husband taking paternity leave to care for his newborn baby who was on a ventilator in November 2021.
“The father’s role is absolutely fundamental to the family and to society as a whole,” Boebert said. “On this Father’s Day, I want to send a shout out to all dads across America.
“Our two-month-old son was on a ventilator in Children’s Hospital when you attacked my husband for being with his family,” Buttigieg tweeted. “I watched him take calls and zoom in from our hospital room all day, handling crisis after crisis while our son’s heart monitor beeped in the background.”
Boebert also made homophobic comments when she said Buttigieg was “still at home trying to figure out how to feed the breast,” at an event in November 2021.