President Donald Trump attacked protesters who are critical of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday morning, calling them "paid professionals" and-for the first time-tweeting about liberal mega-donor George Soros.
Women hold a protest in front of Trump Tower in NY on October 4, 2018 against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Naturally, people are having strong reactions to Trump's characterizations.
More than 300 people were arrested at the protests, including the comedian Amy Schumer, who is a second cousin of Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer, and model Emily Ratajkowski. On Friday, she actually voted no on moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward.
Other Republicans have been more dismissive when confronted by protesters.
Ana Maria Archila, the woman who approached Flake in the elevator, responds to Trump's tweet. Fellow Judiciary Committee member Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah waved off female demonstrators Thursday and told them to "grow up".
"No one can pay for someone's lived experiences".
Trump is "trying to ignore the experiences of people in this country by discrediting individuals who dare to raise our voices and force elected officials to listen to our stories, to look us in the eye, to not turn away".
Almost 300 protesters were arrested at a US Senate building on Thursday afternoon as crowds of activists descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers reviewed the FBI's report on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"Did they individually wrong these women?" The Iowa senator said his colleagues should be promoting "civility not incivility". Lawmakers are expected to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination in the coming days.
Protesters gathered in the Hart Senate Building atrium after US Capitol Police barricaded the front of the Capitol.