Yesterday, 302 people were arrested for illegally protesting inside Senate office buildings in Washington, DC. Among them, Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer, who took their friendship off-screen to attend the demonstration against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
The intensity around his potential place on the Supreme Court increased on Wednesday after an FBI investigation found ‘no corroboration’ of Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. The investigation didn’t include any interviews with Kavanaugh or Ford, or key witnesses that claim they can corroborate sexual misconduct allegations and testify to Kavanaugh lying under oath.
Since the FBI’s judgement increased the likelihood Kavanaugh would be voted into the Supreme Court, protests were organised on the Capitol steps. However, after police blockaded the steps, it was moved the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, where 293 people were arrested and another nine for a demonstration in the adjacent Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Posting her arrest on Instagram, Emily captioned the image saying: ‘Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power. Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is a message to women in this country that they do not matter. I demand a government that acknowledges, respects and supports women as much as it does men.
She was arrested alongside Amy Schumer, who is pictured raising her fist as she is being taken away. In next week’s issue of Grazia, out on Tuesday, Emily speaks her friendship with Schumer developed while they were filming I Feel Pretty, explaining how they instantly bonded because they 'have a lot of the same ideas about women.'
Kavanaugh’s final confirmation will not take place until the weekend, however there is a procedural vote today to decide whether or not his nomination will advance. For those senators that are on the fence, they could vote to advance and then still hold out support for the final confirmation, however following the FBI’s investigation hope is slowly dwindling for protestors of his nomination.