At least one protester was arrested Saturday after a group of about 100 people gathered outside the home of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
The Senate Majority Leader is a key figure in determining whether a President Trump-appointed candidate will succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court before Election Day.
“Ruth sent us” and “No ethics, no shame” read some of the signs carried by crowd members in Louisville, local FOX broadcaster WDRB-TV reported.
“Hey-hey, ho-ho, Mitch McConnell has to go,” others sang.
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It was unclear whether McConnell was in Kentucky or Washington on Saturday.
In addition to the upcoming battle for the vacancy in court, McConnell, 78, Senate member since 1
A protester was arrested for disorderly behavior and inappropriate parking after police discovered she was using a pharmacy parking lot without patronizing the store, the Courier Journal of Louisville reported.
After facing the towing of her vehicle, the woman went to the store and bought a six-pack of beer, but the police arrested her anyway, the report said.
The arrest caused other protesters to start singing, and a member of the crowd kicked a glass door and damaged it, the newspaper reported.
Other protesters agreed to move vehicles blocking traffic on a nearby road at the request of the police.
Any Supreme Court candidate chosen by Trump must receive endorsement from the GOP-led Senate before joining the court for a life-long appointment. The process includes confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As Senate Chairman, McConnell would determine when or if a vote on a nomination would take place. Democrats and some Republicans have argued that any vote on a Trump court election should be postponed until after the November 3rd presidential election.
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However, McConnell has come under fire for his 2016 decision to deny former President Barack Obama a Senate vote on his Supreme Court decision, Merrick Garland. The 2016 election between Trump and Hillary Clinton was just months away.
In his Senate race, McConnell is aiming for a seventh term. He faces Democrat Amy McGrath, a former U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot.
A new Quinnipiac University poll published last week found McConnell is two-digit ahead of McGrath, the Courier Journal reported.