‘Elevator Screamers’ Are Professional Protesters, Their Signs Paid for by Soros

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US President Donald Trump on Friday accused protesters massing in Washington against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of being "paid professionals" funded by billionaire investor and liberal donor George Soros.

Activists, including female survivors of sexual assault, have in recent days been confronting senators as they enter elevators in the US Capitol and in Senate office buildings. He said that the elevator confrontation "struck a chord" with him and he found the tension between Republicans and Democrats worrisome.

The mention of an "elevator screamer" could be a reference to the woman who confronted Sen.

Last week, sexual assault survivors confronted Sen. "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies".

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"How do you know how I'm going to vote?" the senator responded after criticism from a protester.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on September 28 to move forward with the nomination after agreeing to have the FBI investigate Ford's accusations, as well as those of Deborah Ramirez.

The idea that anti-Trump protestors are paid off by his political enemies is a recurring claim by the president, who previously advocated investigating the 2017 Tax March protestors to determine whether they were paid. Trump tweeted shortly before a crucial procedural vote to end debate about the nomination, which has been roiled by sex-assault allegations.

Placing himself firmly against the MeToo moment, he has warned that this process could lead to false accusations against men and mocked Ms Ford's emotional testimony.

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Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Trump suggested that the ordeal surrounding his nominee could boost Republicans in November's midterm elections. Chuck Grassley said the protests were "a reflection of the incivility of American society generally".

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