WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 28, 2018) (REUTERS) – Women marched to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday (September 28) to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, one day after a congressional hearing into sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.
The hearing in a Republican-led committee gripped the country, with a university professor named Christine Blasey Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh denied the accusation.
Democratic senators joined the protest, taking to the microphone to blast the nominee, saying he was unfit for the position.
“Someone speaks with such force about it being a sham, and it…and then talking about what his colleagues should and should not do in a threatening manner. Like a bully. We will not be bullied,” Senator Kamala Harris of California said.
Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of trying to attack her and remove her clothing in the early 1980s when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington.
“We are speaking our truth because Dr. Blasey Ford had the courage to speak her truth. She will not be ignored. She will not be denied. She will not be disbelieved. We hear her,” Kirstin Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, said.
During the protest, actress Alyssa Milano described her experience coping with sexual assault and asked people there to raise their hands if they too had been sexually assaulted.
Folk singer and civil rights activist Joan Baez also brought her voice to the protest.
“Ain’t gonna let no Kavanaugh turn me around, no, turn me around, no, turn me around. Ain’t gonna let no Kavanaugh turn me around, keep on walking,” she sang.
The committee, with tempers flaring on both sides, met and approved President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday but moderate Republican Senator Jeff Flake called for an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the judge before a final Senate vote.