Throughout the four-day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there was no shortage of protestors and chaos. People used the event as a way to protest the nominee — and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called out those “sick people.”Alex Wroblewski/Reuters
“Confirmation hearings are supposed to be an opportunity for the American people to hear from the nominee,” Hatch said on Thursday, the Free Beacon reported. “Unfortunately, it seems some on the political left have decided to try to turn this hearing into a circus.”
On Tuesday, as Democrats erupted in protest over Republicans blocking access to documents from Kavanaugh’s White House work decades ago, dozens of protestors were removed from the room by security clearance — quickly turning the hearing into chaos.Alex Wroblewski/Reuters
During the opening statements by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), protestors in the audience interrupted, but he called no reason to delay the hearing and said it was “out of order.”
Listen to the protestors shout over Grassley and then get removed by security:
Protesters just interrupted the Kavanaugh hearing pic.twitter.com/UhQIcZlJC5
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Now, watch as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) interrupts the chairman, while claiming, “We cannot possibly move forward, Mr. Chairman, with this hearing”:
Kavanaugh’s family, including his two daughters, showed up in support for their father on Tuesday and were to be introduced, only to be escorted out due to the shouting protestors.Alex Wroblewski/Reuters
Watch as more protestors were escorted out on Tuesday:
Far-left activist Linda Sarsour and others arrested at Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing after causing a major disruption. pic.twitter.com/XKWVMRtoWa
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“It’s bad enough that Supreme Court nominations have turned into all out war against the nominee. Have we really reached the point where anyone who supports or even sits behind a nominee must also be destroyed?” Hatch said.
This statement comes as some leftists spread a conspiracy theory that as the Republican attorney, Zina Bash, sat behind Kavanaugh during the hearing and moved her hands, she flashed the white supremacist symbol.
See what the hype was over:
Anyone know what she’s trying to signal? ???♂️ pic.twitter.com/Q5W6awBBGG
— UnsilentMajority ? (@The_UnSilent_) September 4, 2018
“We need good, decent, people to step forward, to contribute, even when it’s ugly, particularly when it’s ugly,” Hatch said.Alex Wroblewski/Reuters Chris Wattie/Reuters
Following Hatch’s comment on the hearing becoming a “circus,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said:
“People wonder, ‘Are these hearings turning into a circus?’ And I want to defend circuses. Circuses are entertaining and you can take your children to them. This hearing is neither entertaining nor appropriate for young people.”
Women also wore costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a TV series in which men treat women like property, in protest:
Hello from the Capitol where even handmaids are always on their phones pic.twitter.com/r5kOXwGGc6
— Ben Terris (@bterris) September 4, 2018
Despite all of the protests that occurred, Hatch said that Kavanaugh has a “levelheadedness and decency.”
Watch Hatch tell Kavanaugh not to “lose faith in our political process”:
The senators on the Judiciary Committee are expected to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation within the next few weeks, with a full Senate vote following.
The first day of the court’s new term is October 1, and Republicans are hoping to have Kavanaugh confirmed by then.