Utah Senator Orrin Hatch snapped at a group of protesters and sexual assault survivors challenging him to vote against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, telling them to ‘grow up’ in a shocking moment caught on video.
But Hatch refuses to listen, averting his eyes from the crowd and waving them off dismissively with his hands saying ‘When you grow up I’ll be glad to’.
‘Don’t wave your hand at me. I wave my hand at you,’ the woman responds to the condescending motion.
Outraged with his words, the women in the group repeat ‘When we grow up!?’ in shock and push towards the elevator doors.
‘How dare you talk to women that way? How dare you? That’s right you just wave it off. How dare you dismiss women like that?’ the women shriek furiously.
All the while two aides try to block the group from reaching Hatch as he gives the women a yapping hand motion, dismissing their stories as mere chatter and waving them away.
An aide then threatens that the protesters will be arrested if they don’t let the elevator doors close and the clip ends.
Hatch’s office is yet to comment on the shocking video that went viral, racking up 919,000 views.
The shocking video was terribly reminiscent of another clip from last week where two assault survivors cornered Arizona Senator Jeff Flake in a Senate building elevator where he dropped his eyes to the floor as they detailed their abuse, moments after he announced he’d vote to approve Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, accounts that culminated in a hearing last week where principal accuser Christine Blasey Ford recounted how he allegedly assaulted her when they were teenagers in the summer of 1982.
In a press conference earlier in the day, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI revealed they found nothing to corroborate allegations against Kavanaugh.
Speaking at the press conference Hatch said: ‘After investigations from both the committee and FBI, we have found nothing to corroborate accusations against him and we need to confirm him right away. His confirmation will be a victory for the Senate as an institution.’
He also expressed his disappointment in his Democratic colleagues in protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination and apologized to the judge for the scrutiny surrounding his Senate approval process.
‘I apologize to him for the way he’s been treated,’ Hatch said.
He’s been outspoken about his support for the Judge.
The Senate will have a procedural vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the highest court in the land on Friday.