Jim Jordan Ripped for Comparing Sotomayor to Other Justices Facing Protests

Republican Representative Jim Jordan was berated on Twitter for suggesting the media is using a double-standard to downplay protests outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices.

The conservative Ohio Republican was met with backlash on Wednesday for his tweet questioning if there would be greater media outrage if protesters showed up at the home of liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Multiple Twitter users panned Jordan for the comparison. The dustup is part of the ongoing fallout from the recent leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion undoing abortion rights.

Following the leak of the opinion, abortion-rights protesters on Saturday gathered outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They later marched to the nearby home of Chief Justice John Roberts. Protesters have also targeted the home of Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion.

"Can you imagine the media outrage if protestors were outside Justice Sotomayor's house?" asked Jordan on Twitter Wednesday to his 2.7 million followers.

Rep. Jim Jordan at News Conference
Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, was recently criticized on Twitter for asking how the media would respond to protests outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Above, Jordan speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 11, 2022. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Jordan's replies included tweets rehashing arguments that the leaked opinion shows that conservative justices misled the Senate when they said they would defer to precedent.

"Are you kidding me?" Twitter user Yehonatan Hunter said, "If Justice Sotomayor lied to Congress in the manner that these other Justices did I would be outside her house with a sign too!"

Other Twitter users argued Sotomayor almost certainly didn't support the leaked opinion that they argued will undermine established privacy rights and the ability of women to make health care decisions.

"Justice Sotomayor isn't stripping the right to privacy from millions of Americans," wrote Twitter user Libraritarian.

Twitter user CC "January 6th Committee" reacted sarcastically, writing, "I heard Justice Sotomayor wants to pass a bill making all men get a vasectomy, unless their wife signs a statement to excuse them. She also wants to outlaw Viagra."

"Can you imagine the media and Republican outrage if Justice Sotomayor's husband staged an insurrection to steal a presidency from a Republican like Ginni Thomas did?" wrote Twitter user djoretiree, referencing revealed texts showing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife pressed to have the 2020 election overturned.

Some agreed with Jordan. Twitter user 1A_audit wrote that "if anyone went to her house, they'd be thrown into f**king Gitmo and beaten with a phone book twice a day for the next 30 years."

Appointed by former President Barack Obama, Sotomayor has issued sharply-worded dissents as the Supreme Court's ascendant conservative wing has begun unraveling national abortion rights established nearly 50 years ago. Additionally, she has raised concerns that undoing the precedent will negatively affect the rule of law and the Court's credibility.

"Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the Constitution and its reading are just political acts? I don't see how it is possible," Sotomayor said last year.

Newsweek reached out to the Supreme Court for comment.