About 200 people angry at Senate Republicans’ willingness to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gathered to protest outside the Philadelphia office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey Friday.
Chants of “vote them out” broke out among the crowd.
Many who spoke said they were survivors of sexual assault.
One was Delia Turner, who said she grew angry watching Kavanaugh tearfully express his outrage at the accusation of sexual assault against him.
“I watched a whole bunch of men in power, listening to another man with great power blubber and complain and whine and talk about how he was a victim,” Turner shouted. “No, he is not a victim!”
Toomey issued a statement saying he found the testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, sincere and moving, but lacking important specifics.
He said he found Kavanaugh’s statements to be better corroborated, and he plans to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Friday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination, but U.S. Sen Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Republican, said he would not be comfortable voting for the nomination if time was not given for a fuller investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh.
It’s not clear whether Senate leaders will hold off on the full vote for a week as Flake and others requested.