Protestors that oppose the nomination and confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett blocked the Senate building entrance this morning.
According to Capitol Police, 21 of the protestors were arrested for crowding, obstructing or incommoding. One person was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct.
Many of the protestors were wearing white hazmat suits along with blue medical gloves as well as masks. The protestors shouted their new popular chant of, ”no COVID test, no hearing!” This is in response to the U.S. Senate moving forward with the confirmation hearings despite the recent positive covid tests of Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina.
Signs that read, “save the ACA” and “end white supreme-acy court” as well as “Jesus saves” and other pro life signs could be seen within the groups.
The anti-hearing protestors were not alone as opposition as anti-abortion demonstrators and supporters of the nomination. The protestors made their way together to the Hart Senate Building where the 22 protesters were arrested. Barrett’s opening statement to the committee.
Barrett’s nomination came after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and just weeks before the 2020 Presidential election. This nomination has been highly contested as the Republicans rush to fill the seat before the election. If confirmed Barrett’s presence would cement a conservative majority on the court.