WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a much-watched, televised vote Saturday afternoon, senators voted 50–48 to confirm President Trump's pick to the High Court.
Swing-vote Democrat Joe Manchen of West Virginia voted in favor of Kavanaugh, while swing-vote Republican Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine also voted in his favor.
The Saturday proceeding was repeatedly interrupted by leftist protestors' irate screaming in the gallery.
Montana GOP senator Steve Daines would have voted to confirm Kavanaugh, but was absent Saturday to walk his daughter down the aisle. But in an act of courtesy to Daines, Alaska's pro-abortion Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski withdrew her vote which would have been against Kavanaugh. She explained that the two votes would have essentially canceled each other out.
Saturday's confirmation vote saw a vast crowd of leftwing, pro-abortion protestors gathered on Capitol Hill. Some were arrested for remaining on the steps of the Capitol Building, in defiance of police orders.
The anti-Kavanaugh protests received much media attention, but some protesters held signs that were too inappropriate to be shown on daytime television. One pair of protesters held signs accusing Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of being a closeted homosexual and of engaging in vulgar behavior with President Trump.
On Friday, the Senate had voted 51–49 to close the debate and to proceed to the confirmation vote itself on Saturday.
During Friday's proceedings, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chair of the Judiciary Committee, argued on the floor, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct."
"The Democratic strategy used against Judge Kavanaugh has made one thing clear: They will never be satisfied, no matter how fair and thorough the process is," he added.
Grassley slammed the Democrats' behavior during the confirmation process, calling it "a demolition derby," "a campaign of destruction" and "mob rule."
"I hope we can say 'no' to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh," he said.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused Kavanaugh of being anti-abortion, a threat to gay rights and an enemy of affordable healthcare. She also accused him of having an "extreme views on guns," going on to complain about how passionately he defended himself during his testimony before the Judiciary Committee.
"We saw a man filled with anger and aggression," Feinstein complained. "Judge Kavanaugh raised his voice."
Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Friday defending his conduct.
That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, my testimony — both in my opening statement and in response to questions — reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.
His testimony came after that of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly groping her in the 1980s at a high school party. Her story began crumbling after Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell published a report noting all of Ford's inconsistencies and inaccuracies. That was followed by a letter submitted to the Judiciary Committee by one of Ford's longterm ex-boyfriends, who said in their six years of dating, she never showed any fear of flying — even as they flew together on a plane — never demonstrated fear of enclosed spaces, and never once mentioned any previous sexual assault. He also said Ford cheated on him and used his credit card for a year after they broke up, lying about it when confronted.
Documents detailing house renovations further undermined Ford's credibility, showing that her purported reason for getting a second door — as an escape hatch in case of attack, as she claimed — was false, and that the second door actually serves as an opening for other occupants renting out part of the house.
None of Ford's key witnesses, including her longtime friend Leland Keyser, could corroborate Ford's allegations.