Kavanaugh Protesters, Counterprotesters Clash Outside Hearing

Protesters rally before a hearing where Christine Blasey Ford testified about an accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Protesters for and against Judge Brett Kavanaugh clashed outside Thursday’s congressional hearing, where one of the women accusing the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct testified.

Demonstrators chanted slogans like, “We believe Christine,” outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where the Senate Judiciary Committee was hearing testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were in high school.

Anti-Kavanaugh protesters held signs saying, “One sexual predator on the Supreme Court is enough,” “Believe survivors,” and “I believe her.” A crowd walked slowly toward the Supreme Court holding their fists in the air. Some had tape over their mouths.

A quieter group of protesters supporting the nominee held signs reading “I stand with Brett.” Some female demonstrators wore shirts reading “Women for Kavanaugh.”

Inside the building, Ford gave emotional testimony about the alleged assault to the Committee, saying it “drastically altered” her life.

“I believed he was going to rape me,” Ford said. “I believed Brett was going to accidentally kill me.”

Two other women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct since Ford went public with her accusation. Kavanaugh has categorically denied all the allegations, and testified fiercely in his own defense Thursday afternoon, lamenting that his reputation and that of his family has been “totally and permanently destroyed” by the allegations.

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