Protesters immediately interrupted the second day of confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, building on the first day’s raucous nature.
Just about one minute into Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley’s opening remarks for the hearing, several protesters stood up in the back of the room and began yelling.
“Protect the rights of people with disabilities!” one man shouted before being dragged out of the hearing. “We need to protect people of color!”
Another woman followed up with several unintelligible shrieks as Grassley decried that so much of the first day of the hearing was “wasted on disruption and disorder.”
At one point during the interruptions, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) leans over to Grassley and guesses that the protests will “go on all day.”
Feinstein begins to offer him advice before Grassley turns off his microphone.
“Senator Grassley, I take offense … I don’t know how you can say I am working with Senator Durbin,” another protester quickly chimed in. “We are not working with the Democrats.”
On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin admitted that the interruptions were pre-planned in a phone conference by Democrats.