Morton's Restaurant Defending Kavanaugh Leads to Spike in Fake Reservations

Thousands of people have been making fake reservations at Morton's steakhouse after the restaurant defended conservative Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade last month.

Abortion rights protesters in D.C. learned that Kavanaugh was having dinner at Morton's and gathered outside the restaurant on Wednesday night, forcing the Supreme Court justice to exit out a back door.

While the court has yet to comment on Kavanaugh's behalf regarding the incident, a representative for Morton's wrote in a statement to Politico: "Honorable Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh and all of our other patrons at the restaurant were unduly harassed by unruly protestors while eating dinner at our Morton's restaurant. Politics, regardless of your side or views, should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner. There is a time and place for everything. Disturbing the dinner of all of our customers was an act of selfishness and void of decency."

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Thousands booked fake reservations at a Morton's after the restaurant defended Brett Kavanaugh. Above, pro-choice activists gather at a park prior to a protest outside the house of Kavanaugh on September 13, 2021, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Alex Wong/Getty Images

In response to the restaurant's statement, thousands of people began booking fake reservations at the steakhouse.

Entrepreneur William LeGate, in a thread on Twitter, posted a screenshot of a reservation booking, writing, "One of my followers just DM'd me a screenshot of their confirmation for a party of 8 tonight[.] I have a feeling there will be many empty Morton's this weekend…"

"Morton's Steakhouse DC is now 'fully booked' for tonight… they have dozens of other locations across the country which are rapidly being booked by pro-choice protestors," LeGate wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Others on Twitter began to mock the restaurant and the Supreme Court justice. One user wrote, "Hate to argue with the esteemed constitutional scholars at Morton's Steakhouse, but the protesters also have the 'right to congregate' or, you know, freedom of assembly."

Another user wrote, "Brett Kavanaugh's right to enjoy a quiet dinner at a pricey steakhouse does not supersede my right to bodily autonomy."

Kavanaugh was one of the six conservative justices who voted to overturn the landmark ruling of Roe v. Wade, which protected a woman's right to have an abortion in the U.S., finding that the right to an abortion is not constitutionally protected.

Some have since asked if Supreme Court justices can be impeached, arguing that lying under oath would constitute grounds for an impeachment. In 2018, Kavanaugh said Roe was "important precedent" that had been "reaffirmed many times."

Newsweek reached out to Kavanaugh and Morton's for additional comment.