Democratic senators employed toddler-style tactics Tuesday to disrupt the first day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
While Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was attempting to make his opening remarks in the confirmation hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly attempted to interrupt the committee chairman in an effort to stall the hearings. When he didn’t give her floor time, Harris proceeded to talk over him.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-N.Y.) called the hearing a “charade and a mockery of our norms,” just before several protestors began screaming unintelligibly and making howling noises.
Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) then asked to be recognized after Blumenthal’s request to adjourn the hearing was denied. When Grassley told Booker he was out of order, the Democratic senator continued to talk in a filibuster-like speech.
When Grassley attempted to respond to Booker, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) interrupted him repeatedly, as did a screaming protester.
When Grassley recognized Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) to give her opening remarks, Blumenthal interrupted his Democratic colleague, which spurred Grassley to step in and tell him to be quiet so she could continue to speak.
Blumenthal attempted to adjourn the hearings several more times. Throughout his attempts, protesters can be heard screaming in the background. Bluementhal and Booker then bickered with Grassley about what was and what was not out-of-order throughout the proceedings.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) read aloud a tweet from an NBC News reporter that revealed that the Democratic senators had coordinated the plan to disrupt the confirmation hearings.
Harris pushed to suspend the hearing again — citing that they did not get enough documents on Kavanaugh’s background for the senators to fulfill their duties to advise and consent on the president’s nominee.
Throughout these repeated interruptions from Democratic senators, protesters repeatedly stood up to scream and yell.