Protesters interrupt final vote on Kavanaugh, screaming opposition

Dozens of protesters immediately interrupted the Senate's final vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, screaming and yelling as they were removed from the gallery that overlooks the chamber. 

"The Sergeant in Arms will restore order in the gallery," Vice President Pence, who was presiding over the vote, said as he banged the gavel several times to try to silence protesters.

Protesters shouted "Shame on you!" and "I did not give consent!" as they were taken out of the gallery. One protestor had to be physically dragged out of the chamber by Capitol Police as she screamed: "I do not consent."


Yelling protesters could be heard from inside the chamber even after they had been taken out of the chamber. Other protestors yelled: "I am a survivor of Sexual assault," "I am a patriot," and "The is a stain on American history."

One protester specifically called out GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll MORE (Ariz.) as he began to cast his vote, saying “you’re a coward Flake. You’re a total coward." Others screamed "shame, shame, shame" down at the senators.  

Senators continued to cast their votes as Pence called for order in the gallery.

Debra Katz, a lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, was spotted sitting in the chamber as the votes took place.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.), who delivered a speech touting Kavanaugh's nomination, shook hands and chatted with fellow Republicans following the vote.

Kavananugh was expected to get the necessary number of votes to be confirmed on Saturday afternoon, and the Senate voted 50-48 to install him on the Supreme Court.

The protests came as hundreds of protesters massed around the Capitol and Supreme Court on Saturday ahead of the expected vote to confirm Kavanaugh, chanting and carrying signs urging senators to vote against his nomination. 

Updated: 4:24 p.m.