More than 60 people have gathered outside a Las Vegas building that houses the office of Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller to protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Demonstrators on Friday held signs and chanted, “We believe you” and “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Kavanaugh has got to go!”
Some women shared their own stories of sexual assault. A counter protester yelled at the group of men and women to “get a gun.”
Protester Susan Jackel says she is “appalled” at what unfolded Thursday during an hours-long Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Ford and Kavanaugh testified.
Jackel says she believes Ford “told her truth” and senators “stomped all over her.”
Heller’s office released the following statement:
“I commend Dr. Ford for bravely sharing her painful story with my colleagues. She deserved the opportunity to be heard. I also appreciate Judge Kavanaugh’s compelling testimony in which he delivered a raw defense of his character and a vehement denial of the allegations.
“After listening to the testimony during yesterday’s hearing, I believe that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh delivered genuine, but starkly different accounts while under oath. However, no corroborating evidence to support the allegations surfaced during yesterday’s hearing. While I am extremely disappointed by the way that Democrats approached the allegations and by the resulting media circus that ensued, I am supportive of the Administration’s decision to request a supplemental FBI background investigation that must be completed one week from today.
“It is my hope that after this additional week, other senators will come to the conclusion that I have reached and support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.”