At a protest in the Hart Senate Building in Washington D.C. on Thursday, comedian Amy Schumer, model Emily Ratajkowski, and a handful of other activists were detained by police. The group gathered to voice anti-Kavanaugh sentiments as the Senate closes in on a confirmation vote for the potential Supreme Court Justice.
Actress Amy Schumer is detained with other anti-Kavanaugh protesters at the Hart Senate Office Bldg. atrium on Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/C8N0k97ZE9
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 4, 2018
“Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault,” Ratajkowski shared in an Instagram post. “Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.”
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Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.
A woman protesting alongside Ratajkowski and Schumer sent a video to her daughter that featured the comedian saying they were about to be detained.
MY MOM AND AMY SCHUMER ARE GETTING ARRESTED TOGETHER AND AMY SAID HI TO ME pic.twitter.com/AqZUBUxUrd
— Z (@Theboldtype_z) October 4, 2018
Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered their report after a brief investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations levied against the federal judge. Republican Senators felt the report exonerated the Supreme Court candidate of any wrongdoing. However, many feel the rushed investigation was limited and left out dozens of crucial individuals that could have shed additional light on Kavanaugh’s dark past.
“No matter how this goes, they cannot keep us down,” Schumer said earlier at the protest. “We will win. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying women don’t matter.”
Today’s protest in D.C. drew thousands of people outraged with Kavanaugh’s looming confirmation to the Supreme Court.
“We had folks who were in line today getting arrested who saw Roe v. Wade happen,” Washington D.C. resident and protester Janet Redman said. “So we had people who knew what it was like when we didn’t have choice over our own bodies. And people who have grown up where they had choice. So we had people across generations who realize this is a scary time for democracy and a scary time for women, women of color in particular.”
Redman shared that detained received citations and could pay $50 to have any charges dropped.