RAGE, FRUSTRATION SURGE
Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote
WASHINGTON — Two of America’s hallowed institutions, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court (SC), became a nexus of public rage and frustration Saturday as President Donald Trump got his controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed onto the high court.
Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday by a 50-48 vote. His Supreme Court nomination was roiled for weeks by allegations of sexual misconduct and drunken behavior when Kavanaugh was a high school and college student.
Protesters swarmed Washington and rushed the steps of the SC to bang loudly on its bronze doors around the time Kavanaugh was set to be sworn in inside.
“This is our court, these are our steps, these are our institutions!” proclaimed Jessica Campbell-Swanson, 35, to AFP just after raising a defiant fist and then coming down from the lap of the large marble Contemplation of Justice statue in front of the SC.
Hundreds of her compatriots chanted and waved anti-Kavanaugh placards — one read “This ain’t over” — as dozens of officers pushed them back from the doors and then stood guard.
After a week of deep anxiety in Washington and nationwide, tensions surged about Kavanaugh, who stands accused of sexual misconduct.
Several hundred protesters, most of them women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol.
Dozens were arrested as they and others chanted “Vote them out!” and “No justice, no seat!”
Protesters also disrupted the vote itself in the US Senate multiple times before being dragged from the public galleries, yelling “Coward!” at lawmakers who backed Kavanaugh.
When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was loudly booed and heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.