Kavanaugh Hearing Arrest Count Breaks 200
On Thursday, the U.S. Capitol Police arrested another 69 protesters demonstrating against the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, bringing the total of protesters arrested over three days to 212.
While 61 protesters were physically removed from the hearing room on Tuesday, and 66 were escorted out of the room on Wednesday, that number dropped to 37 on Thursday.
"Thirty-seven individuals were removed from the Committee room in the Hart Senate Office Building, and were charged with D.C. Code §22–1321 - Disorderly Conduct," the Capitol Police reported in a statement.
"In addition, 12 individuals were removed from outside the hearing room for participating in unlawful demonstration activities during a break in the Committee’s proceedings. They were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307 - Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding," the police added. These twelve may have attempted to accost Kavanaugh or senators outside the hearing room.
Another 19 protesters "were removed from outside of room 135 in the Hart Senate Office Building, and they were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307 - Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding."
Finally, "one adult male was arrested in the Judiciary Committee room and was charged with D.C. Code §22–1321 - Disorderly Conduct; D.C. Code §22-405.01 – Resisting Arrest; D.C. Code D.C. Code §22-404 - Simple Assault, and D.C. Code §10-503.16 - Disruption of Congress."
A wide array of leftist groups have orchestrated the protests. "This is well-organized and scripted. This isn't chaos," Winnie Wong, a senior advisor to the Women's March, told CNN on Wednesday. The Women's March has partnered with the Center for Popular Democracy, and is working with approximately 20 other groups for the Kavanaugh protests. Planned Parenthood and its action fund also flew in protesters from around the country.
According to CNN, the Women's March has used the protests for fundraising, and reimburses protesters "for travel, accommodation, legal training and bail."
Law & Crime's Ronn Blitzer conveyed multiple reports of protesters getting paid off in line. Even if these incidents were only reimbursement from the Women's March, the protesters were still being paid by organized leftist groups.
Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, told the Associated Press (AP) what it was like to get arrested on Tuesday.
"Dreith said she and the others who were arrested were hustled down to the building’s basement while wearing plastic zip-tie handcuffs and kept in a garage-like holding area," the AP reported. "After about five hours, they were charged and released after waiving their right to a trial and paying a $35 fee."
Some protesters dressed up in red capes, echoing the handmaids in "The Handmaid's Tale." They suggested that since Judge Brett Kavanaugh may perhaps overturn the Roe v. Wade (1973) Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion — a decision he calls "settled law" and a decision which, if overturned, would only reopen the issue for states to decide — America could descend into a misogynistic dystopia where women have no rights and get systematically raped.