Washington, DC – Protesters gathered before dawn in front of U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-South Carolina) home on Capitol Hill on Monday morning to protest the nomination of a Supreme Court justice to replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Protesters carrying signs that read “We can’t sleep so neither should Lindsey” and “We are wide awake” marched through the sleeping neighborhood making as much noise as possible at about 6 a.m. on Sept. 20.
They rang cowbells and banged on pots and pans as they screamed and yelled for Graham to wake up and talk to them, WUSA reported.
The protest was organized by members of Shutdown DC and the Sunrise movement because Graham famously helped prevent former President Barack Obama from confirming Merritt Garland’s Supreme Court nomination ahead of the 2016 election, paving the way for President Donald Trump to nominate now U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make the nomination,” Graham said at the time, according to WUSA.
Additional U.S. Capitol Police responded to Graham’s home after protesters trespassed on the property and began banging on the senator’s front door.
— Matt Gregory (@MattGregoryNews) September 21, 2020
Protests continue outside Sen Lindsey Graham’s house this morning near the US Capitol regarding SCOTUS nomination process. Started at 6am pic.twitter.com/GS38uip8FE
— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) September 21, 2020
— Sunrise Movement DC (@SunriseMvmtDC) September 21, 2020
Ginsberg’s death on Saturday after a long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer left a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court that could allow Republicans to appoint a solid conservative 6-3 majority to the bench if the Senate confirms President Trump’s nominee, WUSA reported.
President Trump has promised to nominate a woman to fill the seat of the second woman ever nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ginsberg was a strong advocate for women who is credited with forcing the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to accept women and who staunchly defended Roe v. Wade and supported gay marriage, WUSA reported.