"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court", Trump wrote on Twitter. Kavanaugh's confirmation has reinforced what we already knew: "Republicans want a Supreme Court willing to fight for corporations" rights as a "person, ' but not for the rights of workers to collectively bargain and earn a living wage", Ryan said in a statement. Protesters confronted a man with a cutout of President Donald Trump who was in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation; one attempted to rip the cutout's head off, KTVB reported.
These protests are following the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Kavanaugh.
The announcements Friday by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and Capitol protests.
"He will be a great justice of the Supreme Court". Kavanaugh denied the accusations. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the sole member of his party to vote for the nominee.
After Justice Kennedy announced his retirement this year, Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace his one-time mentor on the Supreme Court.
Controversy around the Kavanaugh nomination spiked when Christine Blasey Ford, a high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh's came forward with credible allegations that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school.
Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion".
Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, responded "me" on Friday to a post asking who could challenge Collins when she is up for re-election in 2020.
Those who opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Connecticut Democratic Sen.
Capping a tense day on Friday, Collins of Maine declared on the Senate floor, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". "And if he does get it, then evangelicals will likely come out to vote".
As Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., - whose demand for a one-week delay in the vote pending an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of sexual assault allegations against the nominee provided Kavanaugh opponents hope he would vote "no" - was about to be called on, a male protester stood up, started walking toward the exit and with voice barely raised, stated simply, "Flake, you're a disgrace" and motioned toward Capitol Police and staffers that he wasn't about to struggle.
"Yet, Senate Republicans chose to send a clear message to all women: do not speak out, and if you do? do not expect to be heard, believed or respected", she said. Just as he has been highly regarded as a fair-minded and independent judge on the Circuit Court, I believe that is how he will be viewed on the Supreme Court.
Trump's decision to hand his second Supreme Court nomination to Kavanaugh in July was widely seen as an olive branch to Bush and other establishment Republicans who have been hostile to the president. One Day at a Time co-showrunner reacted: "Nothing sounds more Handmaid's Tale than Mike Pence's voice over screams".
Democrats said Kavanaugh would push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for Trump should the president encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.
But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations.
Saturday's confirmation marks more than the dramatic conclusion to a political battle that has waged for more than three months, and instead could mark an inflection point in a philosophical war that has raged for decades.
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