Trump: Protesting during Kavanaugh hearing is 'embarrassing for the country'

Trump: Protesting during Kavanaugh hearing is 'embarrassing for the country'
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE on Tuesday criticized protesters who interrupted the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, calling them “embarrassing for the country.”

“I don’t know why they don’t take care of a situation like that,” he said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “I think it’s embarrassing for the country.”

“There [are] some people that just keep screaming,” he added. “In the old days, we used to throw them out. Today, I guess they just keep screaming.”

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More than 60 people were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police on Tuesday after protesting inside the room where the hearing was held, a spokeswoman for the police said.

The protesters urged senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation and to adjourn Tuesday’s hearing. They were charged with disorderly conduct.

Democrats on the Senate committee also attempted to have Tuesday’s hearing adjourned after saying they had received documents related to Kavanaugh without sufficient time to review them.

Trump in a tweet on Tuesday slammed the Democrats on the committee over what he described as "mean, angry, and despicable" behavior.

“The Brett Kavanaugh hearings for the future Justice of the Supreme Court are truly a display of how mean, angry, and despicable the other side is,” Trump said.

 “They will say anything, and are only looking to inflict pain and embarrassment to one of the most highly renowned jurists to ever appear before Congress,” he added. “So sad to see!"