Orrin Hatch Goes Off After Protestor Disrupts Kavanaugh Hearing: ‘We Ought to Have This Loudmouth Removed’
Tensions ran high at the start of confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh Tuesday, as protesters repeatedly charged into the room, shouting objections before being removed by Capitol Police.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was so distracted by the chaos that during his remarks in support of Kavanaugh, he stopped mid-sentence, demanding order.
“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. You also apparently like to eat pasta with ketchup. But nobody is perfect,” he said, crafting a lighthearted portrayal of the judge who’s become a source of heated debate between both sides of the aisle.
“So here are the facts: Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most distinguished judges,” he added, attempting to speak over a demonstrator who had entered the hearing.
The senator then abruptly paused his speech, irked by the pandemonium that had ensued.
“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.”
As authorities escorted the woman outside, Hatch resumed his remarks, opting to continue despite the disruptions.
Watch the clip above via MSNBC.
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