Watch: Orrin Hatch Tells Female Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters to ‘Grow Up,’ Waves Them Away

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch told a group of women to “grow up” Thursday as hundreds of protesters converged on the Hart Senate Office Building in an attempt to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. The protesters, including groups of women and survivors of sexual assault, arrived at the building, seemingly blocking off every floor and hallway Thursday afternoon as senators continued to review materials from an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

Hatch, who has been outspoken in his support of President Donald Trump’s nominee, was none too impressed about having his walk to an elevator disrupted.

“Why aren't you brave enough to talk to us and exchange with us,” one woman is heard saying on a video of the incident that was posted on social media.

Hatch then dismissively waved his hand at the multiple women attempting to confront him. “Don’t you wave your hand at me, I wave my hand at you,” one of the women shot back.

As he walked into the elevator, Hatch can then be heard saying “when you grow up” and again waving his hand at the women.

“When I grow up? How dare you talk to women that way,” one woman yelled back as the crowd reacted with outrage to Hatch’s comment.

 



While some of those tweeting the video described the women as “survivors,” it was not clear whether they had identified themselves as such to Hatch.

 

The scene bore a resemblance to an encounter between two sexual assault victims and Republican Senator Jeff Flake as he entered an elevator at the same building last week. That interaction came just minutes after he announced that he would be voting to confirm Kavanaugh. But shortly after the incident he dramatically called for a supplementary FBI investigation, stating that he would not vote for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor without one.

That investigation was wrapped up Wednesday, with the one copy of the report being made available of Senators to read late Wednesday evening. Republicans, including Flake, have said that the FBI investigation does nothing to corroborate the claims of Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.

Democrats, though, have angrily criticized those who directed the investigation for being too narrow in scope and failing to interview key witnesses, including Ford and Kavanaugh.

orrin hatch, kavanaugh, protesters New York businessman Andrew Saul (R) is welcomed by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) before Andrew's confirmation hearing to be commissioner of the Social Security Administration in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 02, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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