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Fri Sep 28, 2018, 02:32 PM

Women lawmakers stand in protest as male GOP senators rush vote on Kavanaugh

Democratic women protested the vote inside the hearing room.
SEP 28, 2018, 10:52 AM

The 11 white male Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday rushed to bring Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination up for a vote. Women lawmakers reacted by standing, walking out, and speaking out in protest.

When committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) called to move the committee vote up to 1:30 pm Friday, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) refused to answer. Then, Harris and three other Democratic senators walked out of the hearing room.

Meanwhile, Democratic members of the House stood up during the hearing in protest. As police threatened to remove them from the room, one lawmaker reportedly said: “If you touch us… I’d like to see that.”

One of the lawmakers, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), wrote on Twitter that she was sitting in the hearing to demand that the committee stop the vote. “We heard the words of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” she wrote. “We witnessed her bravery and her pain.”


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