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Two dozen protesters of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh poured into the office of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Thursday, demanding the senator appear before them.

“Grassley staffers told Capitol Police that the protesters also banged on doors and windows,” the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.

In video shared from the incident, the demonstrators could be heard chanting, “Chuck Grassley come out, we’ve got some things to talk about.”

The protesters — from various liberal groups including NARAL Pro-Choice America, Women’s March, Center for Popular Democracy — also chanted, “Women’s choices, women’s rights,” according to Fox News.

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Capitol Hill police officers quickly arrived on the scene and closed the main entrance to Grassley’s office in the Hart Senate Office Building, effectively sealing the protesters inside.

Grassley’s communications director, Michael Zona, told Fox that the senator offered to speak with the demonstrators, but they declined.

USA Today reported that a coalition of groups opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination urged protesters from around the country to descend on Capitol Hill this week.

Capitol Police arrested 70 people on the first day of the Supreme Court nominee’s hearing on Tuesday for outbursts and disruptions. The same conduct by the demonstrators continued on Wednesday and Thursday.

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The atmosphere became so volatile on Tuesday that Kavanaugh’s wife took the couple’s young daughters, ages 10 and 13, out of the hearing room.

“The protests are not normal, but these are not normal times,” acknowledged Jennifer Epps-Addison — network president and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, which is helping coordinate the demonstrations.

“These women are standing up because they know that if they’re quiet now and they allow these rigged, shamed hearings to proceed, their lives are going to be impacted in the future,” she added.

A coalition of 13 progressive groups, including Women’s March and Demand Progress, took Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to task in a letter released Wednesday for not doing enough to oppose Kavanaugh’s appointment to the high court.

“Your job as Senate Democratic leader is to lead your caucus in complete opposition to (President Donald) Trump’s attempted Supreme Court takeover and to defend everyone threatened by a Trump Supreme Court,” the letter reads.

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“The Democratic Party’s progressive base expects nothing less than all-out resistance to Trump’s dangerous agenda,” the groups added. “They know that anything less than 49 Democratic votes against Kavanaugh would be a massive failure of your leadership.”

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham pointed out during the confirmation hearing on Wednesday that opposition to Kavanaugh among Senate Democrats came minutes after his nomination in early July.

“All I can say, within an hour and 18 minutes of your nomination, you became the biggest threat to democracy in the eyes of some of the most partisan people in the country, who would hold (Justices Elena) Kagan and (Sonia) Sotomayor up as highly qualified and would challenge any Republican on their vote against them.”

Graham noted they he and many other GOP senators voted for Kagan and Sotomayor, not because they shared the nominees’ liberal judicial philosophy, but because they were well qualified and to be expected from a progressive president like Barack Obama.

“You should get 90 votes, but you won’t,” Graham said to Kavanaugh. “I’m sorry it has gotten to where it has. It’s got nothing to do with you.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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