Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

"Shame on you!": Protesters, Democrats react to Kavanaugh confirmation


"This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

"I'm very focused on the here and now, which is that all these angry women, mainly, out there who saw what was going on and how the Senate was not able to deal with the entire issue of sexual assault", she said.

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

Though the fight to confirm Trump's pick is now official over, the impact of Kavanaugh's confirmation will have a lasting effect.

During an evening rally in Topeka, Kansas, Trump was greeted by prolonged cheers on what he called a "truly historic night".

Kavanaugh is the second Supreme Court nominee of President Trump to be confirmed by the Senate.

"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution", he told supporters after signing Kavanaugh's commission aboard Air Force One.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by protesters shouting in the spectators' gallery before Capitol Police removed them.

Reynolds said the confirmation of Kavanaugh will change the Supreme Court.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

McConnell told Reuters that the political brawl over Kavanaugh will help Republicans at the ballot box.

Rallies in La Jolla and in downtown San Diego conveyed anger at Kavanaugh's appointment, with organizers saying it will lead to not only women, but also other groups losing their rights.

Residents of a townhouse near the Washington home of Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican whose backing helped get Kavanaugh over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of the lawmaker's home state ME upside down in protest.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards.

Their announcements brought the number of senators supporting Kavanaugh to 51 in the 100-member chamber.

Rice spoke at a panel during The New Yorker Festival on Sunday and said she had "to do a lot more homework" before seriously committing to a run.

Mr Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. I do believe that she was assaulted. Garland wasn't given a confirmation hearing or Senate vote. Neither Kavanaugh nor Ford were interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanaugh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination.

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe she believes what she testified to".

Kavanaugh had served as associate counsel and staff secretary under Bush, who has repeatedly praised him as a candidate for the Supreme Court. He is up for re-election in West Virginia, a state Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016.

She acknowledged on CNN's State of the Union that she'd harbored doubts about Kavanaugh after hearing Ford testify before the Judiciary Committee.

Protesters rallied in Washington and other United States cities against the ascent of the 53-year-old jurist, who has faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and been criticised for his angry partisan rhetoric.

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Hundreds of protesters were arrested on Capitol Hill this week - including several dozen in the hours leading to the final vote. But protesters overran the barricades and defiantly claimed the Capitol steps. 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. But they were not immediately visible in the area around the legislature.

Democrats gave as good as they got, with Senator Richard Blumenthal accusing Trump of a "cover-up" in a bid to see the conservative judge confirmed to the high court, thus cementing its tilt to the right.

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