'Don't fall for it!' Anti-Kavanaugh protesters are paid professionals backed by Soros, Trump says The "rude elevator screamers" protesting Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court are "paid professionals" who are backed by George Soros, US President Donald Trump has tweeted.
A reporter observed a group of pro-Kavanaugh advocates with regalia from a large conservative lobby on Friday - hours after President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that the "elevator screamers" who confronted Sen.
The wafer-thin Republican majority in the Senate made his vote crucial, but Flake said after the hearing that he was leaning towards supporting Kavanaugh - prompting the protest. Paid for by Soros and others.
The president's tweet came hours before the Senate narrowly voted to end debate on Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in an elevator on September 28 moments after he announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
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US-Hungarian business magnate Soros was a supporter of Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Listed by Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest men, he is accused by nationalists around the world of sponsoring protests and seeking to push a liberal, multicultural agenda.
Amid a national reckoning around gender roles and sexual consent, protesters have flooded the Capitol in recent days, with many women angrily addressing senators, some identifying themselves as sexual assault victims. Shortly after Flake's confrontation with those women, he called for the FBI to reopen their background investigation to investigate the validity of the numerous sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
With their party holding a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, all eyes were focused on three Republican senators who have not yet declared what they will do in the final vote - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Republican senators have been confronted by protesters to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation. "The pain, the trauma, and the rage that I expressed when I spoke with Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator were my own, and I held it for more than 30 years to protect the people I love from it", she said.