WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Left-wing protesters are trying their hardest to disrupt the Senate Judiciary Committee's questioning of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
On the first day of the confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the senators on the committee delivered their opening statements, three people introduced Kavanaugh to the committee and Kavanaugh introduced himself.
Committee chairman Chuck Grassley says that 70 audience members were arrested on Tuesday and claims they were following the example of the Democrat committee members, whom Grassley says "interrupted the hearing 63 times before lunch."
On Wednesday, Church Militant counted some 33 outbursts from the audience, with chants such as "Sham president, sham judge," "This is a democracy, not the mafia," "Save Roe, vote 'no'" and "Our bodies, our choice."
Still another disruptor called Kavanaugh a "partisan hack" and accused him of being a threat to affordable health care.
Of the 33 outbursts counted during day two, about 20 of them were successful at slowing down the proceedings — if only for a moment.
Even the mainstream media is reporting that leftist organizations launched a coordinated effort to disrupt the ongoing Senate hearings. This included pro-abortion lobby group NARAL, the Center for Popular Democracy Action and the Women's March, among others.
Abortion and Obamacare have been the two main talking points of Democrats regarding the Supreme Court nomination, even before President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh as his nominee.
For example, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a July 2 opinion piece for The New York Times, "Perhaps the most consequential issues at stake in this Supreme Court vacancy are affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body."
Schumer's phrase about women's "sensitive medical decisions" was code word for abortion.
Prominent leftists on social media accused a person sitting behind Kavanaugh, Zina Bash, of displaying racist "white power" hand signals during the hearings.
A friend and colleague of Bash replied on Twitter, "My friend Zina Bash, whose father is [a] Polish-American Jew (whose parents escaped the Holocaust) and mother immigrated from Mexico, is not a white supremacist."
Some leftist protestors at the Capitol this week have dressed like women from the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale — a post-apocalyptic story where women are systematically raped and impregnated by male overlords. The point of this display was to accuse conservatives of oppressing women.
As the disruptions continued for a third day during procedures on Thursday, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah complained, "It seems that some on the Left have tried to turn this hearing into a circus."
Out-of-control audience members on Thursday were pulled away by police while screaming things like "Release the docs" and "Release the files" — referencing a dispute over documents being kept secret that date back to Kavanaugh's time working for the Bush administration.
The number of disruptions appeared to decrease slightly over the course of the first three days of hearings.