McConnell: Senate GOP 'refused to be intimidated by the mob'

McConnell: Senate GOP 'refused to be intimidated by the mob'
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (R-Ky.) touted Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on Saturday, saying after the vote that Republican senators stood up to the "mob."

“We refused to be intimidated by the mob of people that were coming after Republican members at their homes, in the halls. I couldn't be prouder of the Senate Republican Conference," McConnell told reporters after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote.

McConnell's comments come as protesters have increasingly confronted Senate Republicans and some Senate Democrats as they've made their way from the Senate office buildings, which are public, to the Capitol for votes or committee hearings.

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Several senators were spotted over the past week accompanied by a Capitol Police escort and hundreds of protesters have been arrested as the Senate headed toward Saturday's final vote.

McConnell has repeatedly lashed out at protesters this week. During a Senate floor speech, he blasted them for trying to use "intimidation tactics."

"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 at the time.

He added in an interview with Fox News on Friday that "the mob was not able to intimidate the Senate."

And he told The Washington Post on Saturday that he wanted to "thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base.”