Yale Law School students and alumni have organized "sit ins" against Kavanaugh's nomination both on Yale's campus and in Washington, D.C.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, These include Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that the chamber will hold a vote on confirming Kavanaugh to a lifetime post on the top US court in the aftermath of a Judiciary Committee hearing set for Thursday in which Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexual assault will testify.
Activists opposed to Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, are arrested on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 24, 2018.
Donald Trump has staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political".
Capitol Hill police said 128 people were arrested for "unlawfully demonstrating" outside of senators' offices and in the main rotunda of the Russell Senate Building. The New Yorker reported that a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale in the 1980s, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when they were first-year students. "As the #MeToo movement gains momentum, people who are not victims or perpetrators but may know of sexual misconduct have been increasingly criticized for complicity".
Protesters targeted Collins because she is an undecided vote.
"The law school has a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which all of our students can live and learn in a community of mutual respect, free of harassment of any kind".
Collins said on Friday evening that she will "have to be able to look in the mirror" and say that she did what was the right thing when asked about Kavanaugh.
Students had been told the school must remain nonpartisan, she said, "but sexual violence is not a partisan issue". "They expect this to be treated seriously and addressed promptly", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.
"We'll get nearly no Democrat, ' he said on the 'Geraldo in Cleveland" show on WTAM radio.
Many referenced Time's Up, a group that formed after a New York Times story about Harvey Weinstein unveiled the culture of sexual assault in Hollywood.
The protest was originally planned for the Supreme Court but was moved after authorities learned of the plans, according to organizers.
"We hear you, we see you, we believe you", protesters chanted at the walkout in NY. "The expectation should be, 'when I come forward I will be supported".
"I think folks on campus have been very disturbed and disappointed and frustrated by not only the news, but by the ongoing ambivalence by the institution to properly target and root out these toxic issues", Lake told Connecticut Public Radio.
Carpenter had a message for Ramirez and Ford. "We know it's not easy and I wouldn't fault you for not coming forward because I know that it's hard, but the fact that you did encourages so many other people", she said.