Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour was among the left-wing activists arrested Tuesday for interrupting the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sarsour 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.
Democratic members of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary similarly urged the GOP majority to defer the hearing until they could review some 42,000 records relating to Kavanaugh’s White House service, which were released late Monday night.
Sarsour was one of approximately 20 demonstrators forcibly removed from Tuesday’s hearing by Capitol Police. The protesters said Kavanaugh would protect President Donald Trump on the Supreme Court and provide the fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
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Neither Sarsour nor a Women’s March spokeswoman returned emails seeking comment.
Sarsour was a lead organizer on the inaugural Women’s March in January 2017 protesting Trump’s election as president. She remains a board member on the left-wing organization.
Sarsour has been arrested before. She was arrested in March after leading a protest at Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office and demanding a meeting with him.
She was also one of several activists arrested in March 2017 for disorderly conduct outside Trump Tower in New York City.
Capitol Police did not return a voicemail seeking comment on Sarsour’s most recent arrest.
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