For days before Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights, Trump allies and right-wing media outlets warned their audiences that vengeful pro-abortion activists would soon plunge the country into chaos. In MAGA’s account, left-wing rioters from a militant group called Jane’s Revenge had promised to respond in court with a “night of rage”, attacking conservative strongholds across the country.
“We are hearing serious threats of violence across the city,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said on her Internet video broadcast.
“The left is heading for a night of rage,” tweeted Matt Schlapp, the organizer of the annual Conservative political action conference.
“Bring your night of rage you fiends,” tweeted Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh.
The only evidence that “Night of Rage” was imminent were anonymous blog posts and flyers with the name “Jane’s Revenge.” As protesters reacted to the decision Friday night, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to preemptively blame the expected riots on Democratic leaders.
“This night of rage, if it gets out of hand, it will be because of Joe Biden and Merrick Garland,” Hawley said.
Three days after the Supreme Court overturned deerHowever, the violent protests billed by the right as the “night of rage” did not materialize. Aside from an arson attack on an anti-abortion organization in Colorado and the vandalism of another in Virginia, no wave of nationwide violence has taken place. This has left the right-wing media scrambling to find proof that the much-vaunted ‘Night of Rage’ actually happened.
On Fox News, where the prospect of the “Night of Rage” had been a frequent topic of discussion on shows like The fivepresenter Trace Gallagher admitted the protests in Washington had been ‘mostly peaceful’ – then cited protesters carrying signs with secular messages and burning an American flag, both legal activities, as proof the protests weren’t entirely non-violent.
As protesters in Washington stayed within the bounds of the law, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) hit on an old reservation dating back to the 2020 unrest, suggesting that a pile of bricks at a construction site near the protest was intended to serve as ammunition for the rioters. But even his attempt to revive this hoax failed to gain traction.
In the end, the “Night of Rage” turned out to be as vaporous as the group that supposedly concocted it: Jane’s Revenge.
At least at first glance, Jane’s Revenge is supposed to be a radical and violent new abortion rights group. Beyond a handful of flyers and blog posts, however, it’s not clear that Jane’s Revenge actually exists. While some anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers” have been vandalized with graffiti referencing the group, no suspects appear to have been charged, and it’s unclear who is behind the organization itself. Last week Libertarian Raison The magazine asked if the group was a “terrorist hoax” intended to make abortion rights supporters look bad.
Jane’s Revenge first emerged as an organization on May 10, with a manifesto sent to a Bellingcat writer that promised “increasingly extreme tactics” in response to abortion restrictions. On May 30, another online “press release” claiming to be from Jane’s Revenge called on abortion rights supporters to “unleash hell” in a “Night of Rage” at 8 p.m. on the day the Supreme Court ruled. reversed deer.
Since then, Jane’s Revenge and the legendary “Night of Rage” have gained bogeyman power in right-wing media circles. Republican senators have called on the Justice Department to investigate Jane’s Revenge, while Taylor-Greene has demanded that it be classified as a terrorist organization, all before a single member of the group has been identified.
“Hello, Merrick Garland,” Fox News host Sean Hannity said on a June 15 broadcast, addressing the attorney general. “Where could you be?”
A Catholic diocese in California circulated a memo claiming a Homeland Security agent warned them that an organization with “large groups with cells across the country” was preparing for attacks on Catholic churches.
“Protect your churches tonight,” Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (right), who has become a star of the wider pro-Trump movement, warned in a Friday night article on the Telegram social media app.
However, the attacks did not take place. Despite Jane’s Revenge calling for violence at 8 p.m., there is no evidence that pro-abortion violence was coordinated at that time.
The Night of Rage fell apart, suggesting that Jane’s Revenge may not be the menacing terrorist organization it portrays. Instead, conservative activists scraped even lower to prove that marauding liberal gangs were hunting anti-abortion conservatives.
“Libs of TikTok,” a popular right-wing Twitter account that has targeted LGBTQ teachers, circulated a screenshot of an anonymous Reddit post calling on liberals to attack small-town conservatives, “intent to make the revolution”. The post, which had only 22 votes in favour, was hardly the stuff of a serious leftist plot. But Chaya Raichik, the operator of the Twitter account, suggested it was evidence murderous Democrats were raging over the abortion ruling.
“They literally want you dead”, warned “TikTok Libs.”
Even conservative reporters outside the Supreme Court had to admit that Night of Rage turned out to be nothing.
“This night of rage is more than a night of lameness,” tweeted a writer from the Heritage Foundation’s conservative Daily Signal website, accompanied by video of peaceful protesters chanting outside the courthouse.
Additional reporting by Zachary Petrizzo.