American is currently divided between those that think that Kavanaugh should be nominated and those that feel he has no place on the US Supreme Court. Hundreds of people have been occupying the atrium of Washington D.C.’s Hart Senate Office Building and Thursday was no exception with almost a thousand people turning out to demonstrate and protest the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Several women’s groups including the Women’s March, the Center for Popular Democracy Action, Planned Parenthood, and Ultra Violent were among the groups present raising awareness of sexual assault and having the voices of the victims heard by lawmakers.
Among the people protesting were comedian Amy Schumer and celebrity Emily Ratajkowski who was eventually arrested with 300 other people. According to the Time, “As the protesters were arrested, some started to chant, ‘arrest sexual predators, not protesters!’ Some women painted their faces with the word “No” scrawled underneath their eyes. Others wore hand-made T-shirts alluding to their own assaults. One said ‘1988, I was 19, #MeToo,’ another said ‘standing up for my 12-year-old self.’”
Everywhere you turn someone is speaking up against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Lady Gaga who appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” called it “one of the most upsetting things I have ever witnessed.”
A stage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court asked senators “Do you believe us?” One survivor and an organizer with the Women’s March Youth Empower organization said, “What the hearings told me was that our country, our congressmen, value the reputation and the career aspirations of my male classmates, of men, of my assaulter, more than my bodily autonomy,” Thomas said.
Not all women, however, appear to stand with the victims of sexual assault. Today it was reported that Senator Susan Collins will vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ” Despite the turbulent, bitter fight surrounding his nomination, my fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored,” she said.
People have immediately taken to Twitter with responses to Collins decision calling her a “coward” and calling today “a sad day for women everywhere.” Another Twitter user said, “Susan Collins just gave a clear and direct “you are meaningless, and you do not matter” to every woman and survivor in America. We will not let her forget it.”
Next month will be crucial times for Republicans.