The protests and Democratic objections made during Tuesday’s opening hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were like “mob rule,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday morning.
“The normal rules, where everybody is treated with respect and people are given a right to say their piece and be heard, all that was out the window,” Cornyn told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” before the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee resumed. “I hope [Wednesday] is better, but I’m not optimistic.”
The morning hearings opened to some scattered protests, including while Kavanaugh was giving his opening statements, but eventually turned quiet as the hearing got underway.
The Democratic base, Cornyn said, is “utterly opposed to this nominee and this president and anything they do to accommodate the work with normal rules.”
Further, he said, their opposition is because he represents a “threat to a politicized Supreme Court,” said Cornyn, and and a return to “traditional” judgeshops.
“That is a threat to them because is an end run around the ballot box,” said the senator.
He also accused lawmakers like Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., of using their protests as an early preview for their presidential aspirations.
Meanwhile, it was a “quandry” to see protesters arrested, Cornyn said.
“We like citizens to have an opportunity to see the government in action, and some people abuse it,” he said. ” Some make it hard for people to watch their government in action because they disrupt the proceedings.”
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