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Among the 293 people arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating” in the Hart building in Washington, D.C., Thursday evening were Amy Schumer and her I Feel Pretty co-star Emily Ratajkowski. The two joined hundreds of others to protest the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Schumer has been speaking out about the #MeToo movement and Kavanaugh for weeks now. On Sept. 28 she invited others via Twitter to join her in protesting Kavanaugh, and the next day she lauded Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for asking the FBI to reopen its background investigation into Christine Blasey-Ford’s sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh.
We #BelieveSurvivors and refuse to accept Brett Kavanaugh as our next Supreme Court Justice. Join us in making our voices heard Friday at noon local time. Find or host an event near you: https://t.co/Lwsor1X4yW
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) September 28, 2018
Today, @JeffFlake did the right thing by asking for the FBI to re-open its background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. Now it’s time to make sure ALL GOP senators join his ask, especially @SenatorCollins & @lisamurkowski. TELL THEM!
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) September 28, 2018
Schumer joined Ratajkowski and hundreds of other protesters on Capitol Hill Thursday, where they were arrested by police. Several tweets show Schumer and Ratajkowski in the arrest line or speaking with police.
— 🌴Ellen Lovelidge🌴 (@djlilelle) October 4, 2018
In one video uploaded to Twitter by @BMXMiKEWREX, a police officer approaches Schumer and asks “Do you want to be arrested?” to which Schumer responds “yes.”
VIDEO: Amy Schumer is protesting at the Hart Senate office building.
Cop asks “Do you want to be arrested?”
Schumer: “Yes.” 🤪 pic.twitter.com/sL0DmykclQ
— 🦖Mike Asaurus Wrex🇺🇸 (@BMXMiKEWREX) October 4, 2018
Ratajkowski mentioned the arrests in a tweet. “Today I was arrested for protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault,” the tweet reads. “Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power.”
A representative of Ratajkowski confirmed the arrest to BuzzFeed.
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. pic.twitter.com/nnwq1O4qk3
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) October 4, 2018
Schumer, whose father is a cousin to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), even took the time to send a message to the daughter of one of the women she was protesting with.
MY MOM AND AMY SCHUMER ARE GETTING ARRESTED TOGETHER AND AMY SAID HI TO ME pic.twitter.com/AqZUBUxUrd
— Z (@Theboldtype_z) October 4, 2018
The two women were present earlier in the day at a protest outside the Capitol building, where they spoke to crowds alongside Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The protests came as a last-ditch effort to halt Kavanaugh’s nomination, after the completion of the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault from multiple accusers. The FBI did not interview Kavanaugh or his primary accuser, Ford, in the course of the investigation.
— Caroline Simon (@carolinesimon66) October 4, 2018
Signs were displayed in the windows of various senators’ offices in the Hart building, supporting the protesters. The United States Capitol Police told BuzzFeed that 293 people were arrested at the Hart building and another nine were arrested at a separate protest in the nearby Dirksen Senate Office building.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Thursday for a vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court following the completion of the FBI investigation. Members of the GOP have been eager to power-through the nomination process, and are becoming increasingly irritated by the waves of protesters. Yesterday Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) made headlines when he told a group of women to “grow up” when they attempted to corner him with questions.
— #VOTEPROCHOICE (@VoteChoice) October 4, 2018
It is uncertain if Schumer or any of the others she was arrested alongside remain in custody.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.