Politics 2018: Sad Day in American History–Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court

Mark your calendar: Saturday, October 6, 2018–sad (even tragic) day in American history.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, ending a contentious confirmation process.

The vote was 50-48. Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the chamber, announced the vote at 4 p.m. ET.

The disruptions from protesters in the Senate chamber started just as the roll call started. Capitol Police dragged some of them away. One woman screamed “I am a patriot” as she was carried out of the chamber. A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police said that 13 people were arrested for disrupting the chamber during and after the roll call vote.

Senators sat throughout the roll call, most silent, some Democrats visibly somber, a contrast to typical votes as colleagues typically mill about and chat with each other. Republicans began to congratulate each other as they waited for the final senator, Ben Cardin, Democrat from Maryland, arrive to cast his ballot.

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