U.S. Capitol police arrested 128 nonviolent protesters on Monday as pressure grows on the Senate to reject Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Protesters gathered in the Capitol rotunda in the late morning and early afternoon hours, just a day after Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a party at a freshman dormitory when they both attended Yale University. Protesters particularly applied pressure to moderate senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). 46 protesters were arrested outside of Sen. Collins’ office, according to The Hill.
One of the most viral moments of Monday’s protests was of women sharing traumatic experiences of being sexually assaulted. One woman who said she drove to Washington, DC from Boston, Massachusetts said she did so out of disgust for Republicans’ dismissal of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations. As of this writing, video of the woman’s protest has been retweeted more than 20,000 times.
The entire hallway is in tears. We are at a moment in history where women have to repeat their trauma to the masses to literally beg Senators to vote with moral clarity. #StopKavanaugh #BelieveSurvivors #BeAHero pic.twitter.com/Ky26a9fPTf
— Helen Brosnan (@HelenBrosnan) September 24, 2018
Dr. Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a drunken party when the two were in high school, is due to testify under oath about the alleged assault on Thursday. Kavanaugh is slated to testify after Dr. Ford’s testimony concludes. As of this writing, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has not said whether or not the committee will bring in any outside witnesses to testify, even though Dr. Ford named Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge as a witness to the alleged assault.
If Sens. Collins and Murkowski vote no to Kavanaugh, Republicans will likely not have enough votes to confirm him, even if Vice President Mike Pence steps in as a tie-breaker. Both Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez have asked the FBI to investigate their allegations. Lying to the FBI is a federal crime.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.