Fox News’ Host Says She Was Threatened by Protesters Outside Supreme Court

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 10, 2018 Updated: July 10, 2018

A Fox News host said she was threatened by a mob of people protesting President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on Monday night.

Shannon Bream said at 7:31 p.m. EST that she felt threatened by the group of protesters.

“Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS,” she said via Twitter, referring to the building at which the Supreme Court is housed, the United States Supreme Court Building.

About 50 minutes later, Bream said she felt she had to head back to the Fox News studio because of the atmosphere.

“Literally had to bail on our live show from SCOTUS. Moving the show back to the safety of the studio,” she said on Twitter.

An employee at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said that she witnessed Bream being harassed.

Lyndsey Fifield said via Twitter that she saw white men screaming at Bream.

“Of everything that happened last night this is what will stay with me forever,” she said Tuesday morning.

Fifield said she herself was also verbally attacked by the protesters.

“I’ve been in DC 8 years and attended countless protests and even Occupy DC and have never been treated as roughly or called the things I was just called in my life. I’m not even holding a sign, wearing a slogan, or TALKING—was just smiling,” she said.

Trump announced his nominee at 9 p.m. EST at the White House, choosing 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a U.S. circuit judge in the District of Columbia.

Several organizations issued statements just minutes after the announcement condemning the choice, but the statements appeared to be prepared for any nominee.

For instance, the liberal group Women’s March issued a statement that had an “XX” where Kavanaugh’s name would have been. The “XX” is a form tool used by writers to indicate to the writer that they will return to that place to add updated information before publishing.

Protesters outside the Supreme Court building also appeared to be protesting any nominee Trump would have chosen.

A protester showed Breitbart News editor Amanda House three signs, each with a different name. A shortlist that circulated before Trump’s announcement indicated Trump was choosing between four people for the nominee.

“’Gotta be prepared,’ one protester told me proudly,” wrote House.



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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.