President Trump Derides Kavanaugh Protesters as 'Elevator Screamers' and 'Paid Professionals'

Astoria activist confronts Senator for supporting Supreme Court nominee

Denigrating women nationwide in an unsurprising but still "disgusting" tweet on Friday morning, President Trump was met with immediate rebuke as angered opponents of Brett Kavanaugh asked the final undecided lawmakers-specifically Sens. On Friday he tweeted, without offering proof, that the protesters were "backed by billionaire investor George Soros".

More than 300 protesters, including comedian Amy Schumer, were arrested on Wednesday opposing Kavanaugh, who has been accused by Dr Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers.

Kavanaugh was nominated in July and, despite opposition from Democrats, appeared to be smoothly moving toward confirmation after a routine round of hearings in early September.

The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court amid the accusations sexual misconduct and intense protests in Washington.

A final vote is expected Saturday on Trump's embattled nominee, who if approved would seal a conservative majority on the nine-seat court for decades.

Some of the women protesting are members of or paid staffers for activist groups. Trump wrote in a tweet.

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Flake, a frequent Trump critic, was instrumental in getting the president to order the FBI investigation last Friday. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit".

Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, sparking an emotional fight on Capitol Hill that at times seemed to threaten Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court.

Trump is "trying to ignore the experiences of people in this country by discrediting individuals who dare to raise our voices and force elected officials to listen to our stories, to look us in the eye, to not turn away". "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter".

He also accused the women who confronted Republican senators in elevators in Capitol Hill over Kavanaugh's nomination of being "paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, in yet another anti-Kavanaugh action, a small number of protesters gathered outside McConnell's house on Friday holding cans of beer and signing "What do you do with a drunken justice?"

"We as senators ought to be setting an example for civility, not encouraging incivility", Grassley said.

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