Demonstrators protest Kavanaugh’s nomination outside Supreme Court ahead of confirmation vote
Police warn protesters occupying the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to rally against the Kavanaugh confirmation.(Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters gather in New York’s Union Square on Saturday.(Yana Paskova / Getty Images)
New York protesters march from Union Square to Times Square in a rally against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.(Yana Paskova / Getty Images)
New York protesters march from Union Square to Times Square to rally against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.(Yana Paskova / Getty Images)
Police detain protesters who occupied the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol before the Senate voted on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.(Erik S. Lesser / EPA-EFE/REX )
Jessica Campbell-Swanson of Denver sits in the lap of the Contemplation of Justice statue as protesters rally Saturday against Brett Kavanaugh.(Jose Luis Magana / AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators block the main entrance as they take the steps of the Supreme Court to protest the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.(Jose Luis Magana / AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters rally Saturday in Washington against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.(Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters rally outside the Supreme Court on Saturday.
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Demonstrators from Washington-area law schools -- including Georgetown, George Washington, Howard, the District of Columbia and Catholic universities -- march on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn to protest the Kavanaugh confirmation.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters demonstrate Saturday at the Supreme Court.(Chris Kleponis / AFP/Getty Images)
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters demonstrate Saturday at the Supreme Court.(Jose Luis Magana / AFP/Getty Images)
A Howard University student waits for fellow demonstrators from Washington-area law schools for a rally on the U.S. Capitol East Lawn to protest the Kavanaugh confirmation.(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
Democrats and demonstrators vented rage and resistance but the Senate rolled toward approving Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination Saturday as President Trump and Republicans approached an election-season triumph in the most electrifying confirmation battle in years.
Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s and his fierce denials, the 53-year-old conservative’s nomination was on track for afternoon approval. He seemed certain to win by a slender two votes in a near party-line roll call.
Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention.
“Republicans are saying: your voices just don’t matter,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Saturday. “Your experiences, your trauma, your pain, your heartache, your anger — none of that matters. Their message is, ‘we don’t have to listen. We don’t have to care. Sit down and be quiet.’”
As she spoke, several hundred anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators chanted on the lawn between the Capitol and the Supreme Court. “We believe survivors,” they yelled. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, raising anxieties and underscoring the passions the nomination fight has aroused.
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