‘Burn Down’ SCOTUS: 67 Leftist Posts Threaten, Call for Violence on Platforms Post-Roe

July 13th, 2022 4:56 PM

[Editor's Note: This story has been changed to note that RuthSentUs is a parody Twitter account. A previous version of this story wrongly referred to the account as "radical pro-abortion protestors."]

The RuthSentUs and Antifa Sacramento Twitter accounts headlined the leftist pro-abortion hysteria online after the overturning of Roe v. Wade quickly devolved into threats and explicit calls for violence, many of which the major tech platform Twitter has still not removed. 

MRC Free Speech America found 67 posts threatening or calling for violence against Supreme Court justices, the government or pro-lifers across TikTok, Twitter and Instagram. A majority of the offending posts were found on Twitter. Yet Twitter permanently banned then-President Donald Trump in January 2021 for a supposed risk of “incitement of violence.”

Parody Twitter account Ruth Sent Us threatened, “You just see what we do at our protest coming up. Day of rage is for ******* compared to what we have planned. White rage is real. So is LGBTQ+EI-EIO rage. All Tran-y’s are also ready to ***** our targets. See us on the news for what we are about to do about #RoeVWade.”

“#DeathToPatriarchy,” Antifa Sacramento tweeted. “They need to burn down the Supreme Court,” another Twitter user said in a tweet. “With the justices inside of it.” Another Twitter user posted, “#DeathToJustices.”

As highlighted by the Libs of TikTok Twitter account, a TikTok user said on video: “I’m not not advocating for burning down buildings. I’m not not advocating for it. But trauma and destruction’s [sic] kind of the thing that I love. So, um, if you guys want to join me in mailing blood from your uterus to the Supreme Court, I already took the fucking bullet and did it first. So, you know, let’s do it.”

While Jane’s Revenge, a group that claimed to be attacking and burning pro-life organizations, has been suspended from Twitter, Ruth Sent Us is still allowed to post on the platform. “Jane's Revenge won't one-up us.  Ever! Sharpening our coat hangers for the #abortionrights #RoeVWade protests,” RuthSentUs wrote in a tweet. “Also confronting #GunControlNow advocates! We are keeping our guns and our coat hangers for protection. #Pride goeth before a fall/autumn.”

Meanwhile, Antifa Sacramento also celebrated pro-abortion attacks on pro-life centers. “‘ Jane Was Here ‘ on the side of the firebombed CompassCare! #DeathToFascism,” the account tweeted. It then added on the tweet thread, “Solidarity! And Sound on! Here's the aftermath again of the firebombing of CompassCare,the anti-abortion center in the Buffalo,NY area! #DeathToPatriarchy #JanesRevenge.”

Some calls for violence spurred a series of other threatening comments. For instance, one unverified Twitter user tweeted, “we gotta bring back assassination.” Another user responded, “I’ve literally been saying like someone gotta bring this sh[*]t back because clearly it was working before.” Both tweets remain uncensored on Twitter. A tweet with a Molotov cocktail recipe is also uncensored, along with a hope that someone shoot Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “in the head.”

Ironically, some leftists explicitly called for the brutality Democrats and leftist media have accused conservatives of committing. “So... insurrection?” tweeted an unverified account. Another user quote-tweeted the suggestion and commented, “If brave American people [sic] willing 🙏.” Twitter has not censored the tweets, although it banned Trump for supposedly inciting violence.

Another Twitter user asked, “can we go burn down the supreme court[?]” It was just one of at least two dozen calls to burn down or bomb the nation’s highest court, which stands just across the street from the U.S. Capitol.

Twitter wasn’t the only platform hosting uncensored threatening or violent content. 

A post advertising a pro-abortion protest at Monument Circle in Indianapolis, IN on Instagram spurred a whole series of violent comments, including, “Bricks through windows.” Libs of TikTok shared a TikTok video of a man who, following the caption “roe v wade was overturned,” swung an ax and rolled a skull across the ground.  “Off with their heads,” the video said, “heads should roll.”

Other pro-abortion leftists explicitly called for murder. “If, in the future, someone attempts to break into Clarence Thomas's House to kill him. Let them!#RoeVWade,” tweeted one pro-abortion individual. Twitter did remove at least one tweet calling for Thomas’s murder. 

Twitter’s Violent threats policy states, “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.” Twitter’s Hateful conduct policy further states, “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, [or] religious affiliation.”

Other violent social media posts that appear to violate social media policies included one comment thread with several threats on Meta-owned Instagram and four TikTok posts. Not all of the posts are still publicly viewable online.

Instagram’s policies state that the platform removes “credible threats of violence.” TikTok bans videos “that incite or provoke violence.”

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