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Historian Michael Beschloss warned the Supreme Court may be risking violence following Friday's court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade.
"This Supreme Court moment defines the word historic," he posted to Twitter when the decision came down.
"Gun safety and abortion rights in one week — this country is changing fast," he noted.
"Today’s Supreme Court decision could have the ultimate historical effect of pushing this country further in direction of some kind of new civil war," he wrote.
\u201cAccording to one of his law clerks, as reported by @nytimes in 1993, Justice Clarence Thomas privately said, \n"The liberals made my life miserable for 43 years, and I'm going to make their lives miserable for 43 years."\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656123313
He posted historical photos.
He wrote, "here is the 1896 Supreme Court that gave you the evil decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which told you that racial segregation was constitutional and exalted the false and immoral doctrine of “separate but equal”:
\u201cAnd here is the 1896 Supreme Court that gave you the evil decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which told you that racial segregation was constitutional and exalted the false and immoral doctrine of \u201cseparate but equal\u201d:\u201d— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1656120713
One woman had her foot run over when a black truck plowed through a group of Iowans marching for abortion rights.
"Witnesses at a rally in Cedar Rapids Friday say a truck ran over a woman's foot during a peaceful pro-choice protest," CBS Iowa reported.
The network interviewed victim Alexis Russell, who was among those hit by the truck.
“I was over here, I turned around the light was red, and the truck got impatient for whatever reason and charged into the crowd," she said. "There’s at least three people, I look over I see people trying to push the truck back, and I just instantly got mad and ran over and tried to stop the truck. I tried to stop him, he grabbed (and) ripped my sign, and push me down drove off and that was it.”
Cedar Rapids District 5 City Councilmember Ashley Vanorney was at the rally.
"Tonight a truck jumped traffic + plowed into peaceful protestors crossing the pedestrian walkway at the Federal Courthouse. I was walking along side them—the crowd included children alongside me. Thank you for @crpd for responding. The license plate was WRAPTOR in Hawkeye colors," she said.
\u201cTonight a truck jumped traffic + plowed into peaceful protestors crossing the pedestrian walkway at the Federal Courthouse. I was walking along side them\u2014the crowd included children alongside me. Thank you for @crpd for responding. The license plate was WRAPTOR in Hawkeye colors.\u201d— ashleyvanorny (@ashleyvanorny) 1656118361
This is a picture of the truck that hit two women as they crossed the street during a peaceful pro-abortion protest in cedar rapids, Iowa. pic.twitter.com/DZIqpMQlpA
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) June 25, 2022
\u201cHere is some more video of the incident at the protest. Protestors are sharing the video and pictures with me.\u201d— Lyz Lenz (@Lyz Lenz) 1656116457
\u201cHere's the woman who said the truck ran over her foot at protests today in Cedar Rapids. She says the driver "charged into the crowd" and she went over to try and stop the truck.\n\nMore details: https://t.co/ukHYt8PpoF\u201d— Iowa's News Now (@Iowa's News Now) 1656122031
Marjorie Taylor Greene gave statements outside of the Supreme Court minutes after the ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade was handed down. Amidst shouts of "You are a traitor," and "Lock her up," from a steadily gathering mass of protestors, Greene fired back that she viewed the ruling to ban abortion as "a blessing," according to The Hill.
Using members of her staff as a shield between herself and the crowd, Greene said "I am so happy. It's a blessing. It's a miracle."
Addressing specific groups of protestors directly, Greene furthered "We've got to protect women. Ruth Sent Us is a domestic terrorist group, and so is Jane's Revenge. Anyone who is supporting abortion is supporting them."
When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gathered with pro-choice protestors in front of the Supreme Court, Greene posted a video of her to Twitter accusing her of trying to start an insurrection.
"AOC just launched an insurrection. Any violence and rioting is a direct result of Democrat marching orders," Greene said.
Calling the Supreme Court's decision "courageous," Greene said "It's just taking it back to the states, giving the right back to the states to make their own laws regarding abortion, which is extremely important."