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Protesters Throw ‘Kegger’ at Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote

‘I like beer, I like beer,’ group chants. Majority Leader stays inside.

Protesters throw a “kegger” outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house ahead of a Friday morning vote to limit debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (Katherine Tully-McManus/CQ Roll Call)

They like beer, but they don’t like Brett.

Protesters threw a “kegger” outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill home Friday morning to show their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The demonstration was planned by The Center for Popular Democracy Action, a group that has been a near-constant presence on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, staging actions to voice opposition Kavanaugh’s nomination and support for the women who have accused him of sexual assault.

The group of approximately two dozen protesters approached McConnell’s Capitol Hill apartment with signs and cases of beer. The Capitol Police detail stationed outside was on alert and quickly summoned additional support that effectively shut down the block with vehicles.

Protesters carried signs that said “Beach Week Georgetown Prep,” referencing Kavanaugh’s high school post-graduation celebration.

“I like beer, I like beer,” the group chanted, mocking Kavanaugh’s testimony about his high school drinking habits, and reports from classmates about his drinking in college and law school.

McConnell never came out of his home during the protest.

Activists Throw a ‘Kegger’ Outside McConnell’s D.C. Home Friday Morning

“I drank beer with my friends,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. “Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

He defended himself vigorously against the allegation that he assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a beer-soaked high school party.

On Thursday, Capitol Police arrested 302 protesters from different organizations, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer, a distant cousin of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York, and model Emily Ratajkowski.

The Senate voted 51-49 later Friday morning to limit debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination, setting up the possibility of a Saturday vote to confirm the nominee.

Patrick Kelley contributed to this report.Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.