As Kavanaugh vote looms, protesters swarm Washington for final push
Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The tally among senators suggests the fight against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination may be over, but that hasn’t stopped protesters from taking to the streets.
Hundreds of protesters hit the streets of Washington, D.C., as the Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Saturday afternoon.
Streams of demonstrators were seen marching to Capitol Hill and in front of the Supreme Court, both of which have been the staging ground for thousands of protesters over the past few weeks.
Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process has drawn protesters from across the country.
The majority of the protesters appeared to be demonstrating against his nomination and in support of sexual assault survivors.
Kavanaugh, who has been accused by three different incidents of sexual misconduct, has denied all of the allegations.
There have also been smaller pockets of protesters who are standing up for Kavanaugh and backing his nomination.
President Donald Trump even weighed in about the Kavanaugh supporters on Saturday, writing on Twitter that they are “a beautiful thing to see — and they are not paid professional protesters who are handed expensive signs.”
His praise of the pro-Kavanaugh demonstrators came a day after he tweeted unsubstantiated claims about the anti-Kavanaugh protesters, writing that they were “very rude” and “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad.”
He also suggested, without any evidence, that they were paid by Democratic donor George Soros.
Protests are also being organized in cities across the country, including in Atlanta and New York City.
The Washington protesters have been making themselves known throughout the week, sometimes directly confronting senators outside their offices.
That happened with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, moments after his office released a statement Friday announcing that he, long viewed as a possible swing vote, was going to vote in support of Kavanaugh.
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