President Trump argued Friday that Capitol Hill protesters are 'paid professionals' who are active participants in the left-wing campaign funded by liberal boogeyman George Soros to humiliate senators.
In a tweet, Trump referenced a confrontation between Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and two sexual assault survivors in an elevator. The run-in appeared to affect Flake's position on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Flake emerged from the elevator incident shaken. He said he wouldn't feel comfortable supporting Kavanaugh unless the FBI investigated his accusers' assault allegations.
With the FBI probe completed, Trump went on the offense on the eve of an expected Kavanaugh vote.
'The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it!' Trump tweeted. 'Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers'.
President Trump argued Friday that Capitol Hill protesters are 'paid professionals' who are active participants in the left-wing campaign funded by liberal boogeyman George Soros to humiliate senators
Trump referenced a confrontation between Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and two sexual assault survivors in an elevator. The run-in appeared to affect Flake's position on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court
PATTERN OF SIGNS: The president pointed out that Capitol Hill demonstrators were brandishing printed signs as part of an organized effort on the left to block Kavanaugh
Archila said in a statement responding to Trump that the 'pain, the trauma, and the rage' she expressed in the elevator confrontation alongside Maria Gallagher 'were my own' and that she kept her story to herself for 30 years to protect her loved ones
Writing in the New York Post, conservative journalist John Fund revealed on Monday that the demonstrators who approached Flake last week are employees of a Soros-funded activist group.
Ana Maria Archila is the executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. The 23-year-old woman who accompanied her, Maria Gallagher, is also affiliated with the group, Fund wrote.
At the Washington, D.C. airport on Monday, a woman confronted Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on an escalator. She turned out to be Tracey Corder, the racial justice campaign director at the same liberal outfit, the Soros-funded Center for Popular Democracy.
The demonstrators who approached Flake last week are employees of a Soros-funded, liberal activist group
An agitated McConnell appeared on the Senate floor later to condemn the harassment of lawmakers.
'I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members down the hall here, or harassing them at the airport or going to their homes, we will not be intimidated by these people,' he said.
McConnell said that senators will not be intimidated from doing their jobs, declaring: 'There is no chance in the world they're going to scare us out of doing our duty.'
'There's no chance in the world they're gonna scare us out of doing our duty. I don't care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls. I want to make one thing perfectly clear, we will not be intimidated by these people,' McConnell said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also spoke out against the demonstrators in fiery remarks.
He slammed the left-wing 'Resistance' movement in Friday morning remarks on the Senate floor and said: 'I hope that we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.'
Archila said in a statement to the liberal Think Progress that the 'pain, the trauma, and the rage' she expressed in the elevator confrontation 'were my own' and that she kept them to herself for 30 years to protect her loved ones.
'President Trump is, again, trying to ignore the experiences of people in this country by discrediting individuals who dare to raise our voices and force elected officials to listen to our stories, to look us in the eye, to not turn away,' she said. 'He represents precisely what is wrong with our democracy. But the lesson from my the elevator conversation is that when we force political leaders to connect with us, with our humanity, we can breathe life into our democracy.'
She did not directly address the president's charge that she is a 'paid professional' who earns her salary from a Soros-funded organization.
Inside the Senate buildings: Protesters were dealt with by Capitol Police as they entered the Hart Office Building Thursday
Get ready for the arrests: Police with quick cuffs started rounding up protesters holding a sit-down demonstration in the Senate office building
Massive presence: This was the scene in the courtyard of the Hart, one of the buildings that houses senators offices
Sit down protest: Demonstrators inside the courtyard of the Hart Office Building launched a sir-down protest
Perimeter: Police formed a barricade around parts of the courtyard of the Hart building, one of the satellite offices used by the Senate, (top right) to prevent demonstrators getting further into the complex
Support: Staffers in one senator's office - possibly one of the Washington State delegation - posted a message to demonstrators
Supreme injustice: Anti-Kavanaugh protesters also flooded the area outside the Supreme Court making references to Brett Kavanaugh's now notorious yearbook reference to 'devil's triangle', which he claimed was a drinking game
Satire: Demonstrators had a mock judge to make their way towards the Supreme Court
Targeted message: One woman was directing her case towards Maine Republican senator Susan Collins who is one of the four swing votes which will decide Kavanaugh's fate
Thousands of demonstrators descended on Capitol Hill this week to protest the appointment of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, filling courtyards in U.S. Senate buildings and chasing down senators in the hallways and in their offices. Protesters also gathered outside the Supreme Court.
More than 300 people were arrested on Thursday, as Capitol Hill police cracked down on unruly behavior that made some senators feel uncomfortable. Swing-voter and GOP Sen. Susan Collins had to be escorted to and from her office by security guards.
Brandishing black and white signs that declared Kavanaugh's testimony a 'pattern of lies' and the FBI probe 'a cover-up not an investigation,' demonstrators filled the Hart Senate Office Building's courtyard.
The impassioned fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has led to heightened security at the Capitol, with senators such as Collins using police escorts to shield them from angry protesters.
Elevators have become potential flashpoint after the liberal activists' apparent success with Flake.
On Wednesday Sens. Cory Booker and Susan Collins were guarded in one after riding the Senate subway. Sen. Lindsey Graham said he had been confronted, too.
'This is dangerous. I had somebody that wouldn’t let an elevator shut. An Iraq War veteran. I appreciate his service, but I just have a different opinion of Judge Kavanaugh. I tried to make that clear,' Graham said.
Closely guarded: Uniformed Capitol Police officers were deployed to guard key swing senator Susan Collins, whose office had previously been targeted
Flashpoint: Elevators have been used by protesters to corner senators and Cory Booker and Susan Collins were escorted off one by a Capitol Police officer to prevent that scenario on Wednesday
Police presence: Security has been tightened in the Senate because of the presence of protesters with uniformed officers seen guarding Lisa Collins (left) and Mitch McConnell (right)
Watching brief: Republican Kansas senator Pat Roberts was interviewed with an officer looking on
Ready for protests: Officers equipped with quick cuffs were on patrol in the hallways of the Senate in case of large numbers of protesters
Keeping watch: The Senate subway had an officer on board when Susan Collins traveled in it
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer challenged McConnell to 'man up' and call a vote
Protestors have filled the hallways of the Senate office buildings as Kavanaugh's confirmation has struggled toward the finish line amid questions about his drinking habits and allegations of sexual assault.
Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham are among those who have been target by victims of sexual assault who are protesting Kavanaugh's confirmation.
On Friday, a moment when two female protestors trapped Flake in an elevator and berated him after he announced he was voting to confirm Kavanugh went viral and ultimately resulted in Flake calling for a delay in the confirmation vote in order for the FBI to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.
One of the women shouted to Flake, through tears: 'Don't look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happens to me.'
Cruz was also confronted in an elevator in the Senate and chased out of Washington D.C. restaurant last week.
Demonstrators ambushed Cruz and his wife at Fiola, an Italian restaurant near the White House, and chanted: 'We believe survivors! We believe survivors!'
Protestors also gathered outside the offices of multiple senators to urge them to