The rhetoric and potential for violence is escalating in a heated war of words on and off Capitol Hill. With a confirmation vote still scheduled for Friday, Republican senators in particular are being escorted by police after they were assaulted by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Reagan National Airport on Monday and relentless harassment in the hallways of the Capitol building. “This is really not even about the senate,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the senators assaulted at the airport, reported. “It’s about where the country is right now, and we as a nation have to figure out a way to unite. Right now there are just so many issues that separate us.” What’s become clear in the Kavanaugh fight is that the United States in now officially in a post-truth, hyperpartisan era that characterized the Roman Republic before its collapse.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Republicans and Democrats are ramping up accusatory tweets, floor speech insults, and hallway criticisms of each other as the Senate hurdles toward what the GOP hopes is a final vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Aside from just the usual sniping on the Senate floor, activists who believe Kavanaugh is a serial sexual assaulter are harassing Republicans at every turn, both in the hallways and even at the airport as they show up for work.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., were all accosted by anti-Kavanaugh activists when they arrived at Reagan National Airport on Monday. That tactic is one many senators haven’t seen in a fight over a Supreme Court nominee, and Corker says he’s not sure the Senate, or the country, will ever be the same again.