More than 30 protesters arrested for disrupting final vote on Kavanaugh


The group behind the Women’s March said more than 30 protesters were reported arrested for disrupting the Senate’s final vote on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

Protesters were removed from the Senate gallery overlooking the chamber as multiple people shouted “Shame on you!” and “I did not give consent!” during the vote.

Vice President Pence, who was presiding over the vote, banged his gavel several times during the vote in attempts to silence protesters. 

U.S. Capitol Police physically dragged one protester from the gallery as she screamed: “I do not consent.”

{mosads}Another protester called out GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) specifically during his vote and slammed the senator as a “total coward” as others yelled “shame, shame, shame” at the senators. 

Protesters could be heard yelling in opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation even after being taken outside of the chamber as Pence called for order.

Winnie Wong, senior adviser to the Women’s March, who was among the more than 30 protesters arrested for disruption, said in a statement that if “they think we will be silenced by a bunch of patriarchal men screaming order to take our rights away, they have another thing coming.”

“Our time of behaving is long over. Justice Kavanaugh better get used to protests and disruptions, because he is going to have us fighting every step of the way for the rest of his time on the bench,” she continued. “Shame on everyone who supported him. Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, and millions of strong American women are ready to mobilize more than any time in history.” 

Wong has been arrested a half-dozen times for protesting Kavanaugh. 

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