'November Is Coming': Hundreds Rally Against Kavanaugh at US Capitol

Share
'November Is Coming': Hundreds Rally Against Kavanaugh at US Capitol

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied.

After the divisive decision was announced it caused disruption in the Senate gallery as well as outside causing Mike Pence to call order. Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will prompt infuriated women and liberals to stream to the polls to oust Republicans. Joe Manchin, D-WV, to vote, a protester yelled, "History is watching".

His promotion to the Supreme Court also stands as a demoralising defeat for Democrats who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge at all costs. The vote came the day after a fascinating and horrifying testimonies by both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford before the committee.

She added: "We will carry that anger into the election. Women will not forget this".

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this frightful, terrible attack by the Democrats". Two other women also came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Yet, while progressives may have hated the idea of Kavanaugh on the court, Trump and his advisers knew that to key parts of his constituency, evangelical Christians and conservatives, he would literally be seen a gift from heaven. "Big day for America!" he tweeted.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

An FBI investigation with limited scope followed the hearing and after presenting its findings, the Senate judiciary committee gave the go ahead for a confirmation vote.

Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, said that "allegations of sexual assault must absolutely be taken seriously and victims deserve to be treated with respect" and that any nominations he makes to the state's courts will be people "who are highly qualified and have demonstrated outstanding moral character". And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers.

Earlier in the afternoon, dozens broke through barriers and climbed the Capitol steps.

A total of 164 people were arrested according to U.S. Capitol Police. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Protesters then moved to mass on the Supreme Court steps, chanting: "We believe survivors", while some banged on the doors. But she also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided. "We still have in this country certain fundamental principles, due process, fairness, a presumption of innocence", she said.

Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide.

When Sen Jeff Flake of Arizona cast his vote in favour of Mr Kavanaugh, one protester shouted: "You're a coward Flake, a total coward".

Before the sexual accusations grabbed the Senate's and the nation's attention, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh's rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president's right to bat away legal probes.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Kavanaugh sexual assault claims a 'hoax'
He thanked the Republican senators for supporting Kavanaugh and not backing down amid the numerous accusations against him. Protests against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday led to 171 arrests at the U.S.

Brazil Elections: Leftist PT Biggest Party in Lower House, Bolsonaro's PSL Expands
All along, Brazilians have said their faith in leaders and their hopes for the future are waning. Had he pocketed more than 50 percent, he would automatically have become the president-elect.

Barcelona News: Lionel Messi Conveyed through PSG Star Neymar that Real Madrid is a Bombshell
Although they have lost the trophy to Barcelona in 2015 still they have bounced back to win the game in 2016 and 2017. Also, Youri Djorkaeff claims that PSG would definitely scoop the trophy if they could put Madrid to the sword.

Intel Announces First 9th-Generation Core Processors
We are now at a launch event for this processor, and will share further details if and when we can. All three chips are available to pre-order today, with prices going from $262 to $488.

Khabib Nurmagomedov's Dad Criticises His Son After Post Fight Antics
He had the opportunity to walk out of that place a champion. They've been saying mean things for 18 years in the UFC. Daniel Cormier has offered some i.

Facebook launches video device, says privacy is 'very, very, very important'
But what's really interesting about the Portal is that Facebook doesn't have its own voice assistant ready for heavy lifting. You can't browse Facebook or Instagram on it, or even visit the web (you also can't watch video content on it via Youtube).

The Most Successful X Factor Winners
The song became an instant hit, selling over 1,25 million copies and this in the UK alone, yes , she was the winner of X Factor. M ore recently, “That’s My Goal” reached an outstanding total of 1.12m copies and this just in the UK factor.

Tropical Storm Michael could be a Cat 1 by landfall
The governor also activated 1,250 National Guardsmen and said he would waive tolls for residents who were evacuating. An Air Force hurricane hunter airplane was sent into the storm to investigate, the hurricane centre said.

Brett Kavanaugh Key US senators back embattled Supreme Court choice
For Murkowski, the vote marked the second time she bucked party leadership on a high-profile issue under President Donald Trump. As Manchin addressed the media after making his announcement, protesters shouted over him in anger: "Look at us".

Online Casinos that Accept UK Players
Since the UK has grown to become a thriving gambling market, numerous gaming destinations have popped up that provide the service. Since the UK is regarded as the online gaming hub of the world, gamblers in the region are in no short supply of casino options.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.