In an extremely lengthy speech on the Senate floor this afternoon, Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins, previously a potential swing vote, announced she would be voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Despite pressure from the left and members of the #MeToo movement, U.S. Sen.
Hundreds of Kavanaugh opponents also reportedly gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Saturday to chant "No means no!"
The United States Senate has confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court in a 50-48 vote.
Conservatives saw the Kavanaugh confirmation as part of a long, slow decline that began with Democrats fighting Bork, followed by similar allegations of sexual misconduct during the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Republican Sen. Steve Daines has a scheduling conflict for Saturday - his daughter's wedding - but has said he will make it back to vote yes for Kavanaugh.
Flake, whose term ends in 2018, decided not to run for re-election.
"It sends a awful message, amplified by what Donald Trump and his statements deriding women, trying to shame women".
Senators debated the decision before casting their vote, watched on by many in the public gallery.
Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this disgusting, awful attack by the Democrats".
The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated.
In outlining her argument, Collins argued that while she believes that Christine Blasey Ford, who testified last month before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s, "is a survivor of a sexual assault", she does not believe that the allegation was corroborated.
"Both Donald Trump and Kris Kobach have been promoting a divisive politics that want to divide people for their political gain", Zachary Mueller, a protester, said.
Mr. Trump called the Kavanaugh confirmation process - and ensuing backlash - a "rallying cry" for the GOP. Richard Blumenthal "Da Nang Dick" for his misrepresentation of his service in Vietnam on the trail in 2010, mocking him for his comments on television Friday about honesty in the Kavanaugh confirmation process. However, based on all of the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him.
In a chamber where Republicans hold the narrowest of majorities, all senators voted in accordance with party lines, with the exception of Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who endorsed Kavanaugh, and Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, who voted against.
The president praised Kavanaugh, calling him "a man of great character", while also condemning Democrats for their "disgraceful campaign" against him.
The lone Republican to oppose the nomination was Sen. And this is what she gave them in return.
In a statement, the court says Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, another woman, Deborah Ramirez who is married to a technology entrepreneur of Indian descent, Vikram Shah, alleged that while they were students at Yale, Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals in front of her at a party they had been drinking at.
With Kavanaugh taking a seat on the bench, the court is now majority conservative.