Orrin Hatch

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is fourth in the line of presidential succession, was seen being overly dismissive to a group of women confronting him over his support for Brett Kavanaugh.

In a video posted by Twitter user @real_farmacist on Thursday evening, Hatch is seen walking into an elevator with his security entourage as women — several of whom are described as sexual assault survivors — ask him about his support for Kavanaugh in the hallway.

“Why aren’t you brave enough to talk to us and exchange with us?” One woman asked, as Sen. Hatch shooed her away with his hand. “Don’t you wave your hand at me!”

“When you grow up, I’ll be waiting,” Hatch shouted.

“How dare you talk to women that way! How dare you!” One woman said as the crowd erupted into shouting.

Orrin Hatch is one of the more senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, having either served as chairman or ranking member between 1993 and 2005. During the Kavanaugh hearings, committee Republicans deigned to have Maricopa County, Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell ask questions on their behalf, as all the all-male Republican half of the committee didn’t want the bad optics associated with the Anita Hill hearings of 1991.

When asked about how he perceived Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in 1982 — after her testimony before the committee last week, Orrin Hatch described her as “attractive.” His office later clarified that he meant she was “pleasing,” arguing that Sen. Hatch commonly uses those words to describe the credibility of a witness.

The women are part of a large group of thousands of protesters, most of them women, swarming Washington, DC to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination as he faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. USA Today interviewed a constituent of Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) — one of three Republicans who has not yet committed to supporting Kavanaugh — who said she drove all the way down from Maine to protest at Collins’ office.

“If she turns on women, Maine women will turn on her,” Diane Russell, a former state legislator, told the outlet.

The Senate is expected to vote to confirm Kavanaugh by the end of the week. Three Republicans one one Democrat remain on the fence, and assuming Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) commits to voting no, Republicans will need two of those three undecided senators in order to assure Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Orrin Hatch, for his part, is retiring, and is expected to be replaced by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

 

Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.

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