“We can and we should do better than this. It’s predictable now that every confirmation hearing is going to be an overblown, politicized circus.” – Sen. Ben Sasse
Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour was arrested Tuesday for hooting and hollering during the opening remarks of Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Approximately 20 disruptors were forcibly removed from the hearings, according to The Daily Caller.
Sasour entered the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building just before 9:30 a.m. EDT. She sat quietly with other anti-Kavanaugh activists until the hearing opened, at which point she loudly rebuked Republican lawmakers and urged them to adjourn. She continued to shout at senators as she was dragged from the room by multiple police officers. Several other activists brandishing signs immediately followed suit and were removed.
Sarsour and Democrats have worked tirelessly to turn a very normal government process into a circus-like affair. And for what? They’re certainly not interested in discussion or honest discourse.
In any case, watch here:
VIDEO: Protesters arrested in the hearing room for Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing asking the hearing to end. pic.twitter.com/ZCTcuwq7qZ
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 4, 2018
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) September 4, 2018
It’s almost like the whole thing was planned. Right on cue, the Women’s March sent a fundraising email:
As you may have seen on the news, Women’s March activists organized the disruptions of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings today. We did it because we are more concerned than ever about what our future looks like if Kavanaugh gets confirmed.
Our future will look like rights being taken away from women and all people of color, from people with disabilities, from workers, from LGBTQ and gender nonconforming folks. It will look like crumbling infrastructure of a once forward-looking country. It will look like contaminated water served to children. It will look like women dying in back-alley abortions. It will look like a wall separating us from our closest neighbors and families. It will look like regular people working more and earning less, while the rich get richer.
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That future doesn’t have to be the one we live in. To avoid it, we have to act. We have to continue to build power in our communities and make the politicians who allowed us to get to this place feel the power of our votes. Let Congress know that those who are complicit in Trump’s white supremacist agenda will be voted out.
“We got arrested intentionally to stop TrumpHitler, donate now!” — basically.
Team Mitch was not the least bit moved:
The hyperventilation and orchestrated antics at this morning’s hearing won’t persuade anyone. pic.twitter.com/4J7eJfQxxC
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 4, 2018
Sen. Sasse used his opening remarks to address the confirmation hearings turned sideshow.
“We can and we should do better than this. It’s predictable now that every confirmation hearing is going to be an overblown, politicized circus. And it’s because we’ve accepted a bad new theory about how our three branches of government should work — and in particular about how the Judiciary should work,” said Sen. Sasse.
But really, the reason these hearings don’t work is not because of Donald Trump… It’s not because of anything these last 20 months… These confirmation hearings haven’t worked for 31 years in America. People are going to pretend that Americans have no historical memory and supposedly there haven’t been screaming protestors saying, “Women are going to die” at every hearing for decades. But this has been happening since Robert Bork. This is a 31-year tradition. There’s nothing really new the last 18 months.
So, the fact that the hysteria has nothing to do with you means that we should ask, what’s the hysteria coming from? The hysteria around Supreme Court confirmation hearings is coming from the fact that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the Supreme Court in American life now.
Our political commentary talks about the Supreme Court like they are people wearing red and blue jerseys. That’s a really dangerous thing and, by the way, if they have red and blue jerseys, I would welcome my colleagues to introduce legislation that ends lifetime tenure for the judiciary. Because if they’re just politicians, then the people should have power and they shouldn’t have lifetime appointments.
So, until you introduce that legislation. I don’t believe you really want the Supreme Court to be a politicized body. Though that’s the way we constantly talk about it now.
We can and we should do better than this. It’s predictable now that every confirmation hearing is going to be an overblown, politicized circus. And it’s because we’ve accepted a bad new theory about how our three branches of government should work — and in particular about how the Judiciary should work.
What Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be about, is an opportunity to go back and do School House Rock civics for our kids. We should be talking about how a bill becomes a law, and what the job of Article II is, and what the job of Article III is.
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