The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were off to a noisy start on Tuesday due to a number of protesters who repeatedly shouted objections throughout the hearing process.
While Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was speaking, an unruly protester could be heard yelling in the background.
“You volunteer in the community. You coach youth basketball. you’re the sort of person many of us would like to have as a friend and a colleague,” said Sen. Hatch, in support of the judge.
“You also apparently like to eat pasta with ketchup. But nobody is perfect,” he joked, lowering the high tension that has surrounded the hearing so far.
“So here are the facts: Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most distinguished judges,” he added, continuing to try to speak over a loud female protester who had entered the hearing.
It soon got to be too much for Sen. Hatch, who had words for the unruly intruder.
“Mr. Chairman, I think we ought to have this loudmouth removed,” Hatch said. “I mean we shouldn’t have to put up with this kind of stuff. I hope she’s not a law student.”
The woman continued to yell as she was removed from the room, but Hatch chose to continue despite the interruptions.
Watch it all unfold in the video below:
Democrat leaders involved in the confirmation process were also accused of being unruly, interrupting opening statements and constant objections and insisting the hearing could not proceed. Republicans soon grew tired of the act.
"This is the first confirmation hearing subject to mob rule," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Sen. Cornyn also said some of the Democrats should be “held in contempt of court” for their behavior.
“What we've heard is the noise of democracy. This is what happens in a free country when people can stand up and speak and not be jailed, imprisoned, tortured or killed because of it,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said, only encouraging the unruly behavior.
Over 20 protesters were pulled out of the hearing and arrested for disrupting an important governmental process.