McConnell slams anti-Kavanaugh protests, 'intimidation tactics'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday | Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' McConnell presses for 'actual consequences' in disclosure of tax data MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday slammed protesters who are increasingly confronting GOP senators over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, warning it won't prevent the Senate from voting.

"If facts and evidence couldn't get the job done, then intimidation tactics and bullying would have to do. ... The far left tried to bully and intimidate members of this body, Republican United States senators," McConnell said from the Senate floor.

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McConnell noted in an apparent reference to GOP Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Biden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage MORE (Texas) that one senator and their family "were effectively run out of a restaurant in recent days by these people."

"Another reported having protesters physically block his car door. And some have seen organized far-left protestors camp out at their homes," McConnell continued.

Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, were confronted by anti-Kavanaugh protesters at a D.C. restaurant. They later returned to finish their meal. Protesters on Capitol Hill have also tailed senators coming in and out of unrelated committee hearings in public Senate office buildings this week.

McConnell himself and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Tenn.) were both confronted by women who identified themselves as survivors of sexual assault associated with an advocacy group opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination at Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C., on Monday.

"I'm not suggesting we're the victims here ... but I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes we're not going to be intimidated by these people," McConnell said.

McConnell's comments come as the Senate is preparing to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week. The vote has been delayed to give the FBI time to investigate sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee, which Kavanaugh has denied. The exact timing of the vote is unclear because McConnell has not yet filed cloture on the nomination, which would set in motion an initial vote on ending debate.

Kavanaugh remains short of the simple majority needed to be confirmed.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can only lose one GOP senator before they need help to confirm Kavanaugh.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover MORE (R-Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHundreds in West Virginia protest Manchin's opposition to voting rights legislation How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress Senate confirms Garland's successor to appeals court MORE (Alaska) remain undecided.

Most Democrats are expected to oppose Kavanaugh. Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC US, EU pledge to work together on climate amid reported dissension on coal Senate to hold hearing on DC statehood bill MORE (D-W.Va.) remain undecided.