Before Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a group of pro-abortion protesters showed up at the Supreme Court ahead of President Trump's big announcement Monday night. They were carrying "Protect Roe" signs and chanting, "What do we want? Equality! When do we want it? Now!"
Critics allege that Kavanaugh will do his darnedest to upend the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
Don’t be fooled by folks who say Kavanaugh said he would respect Roe v Wade as binding precedent during his last confirmation. He said he would respect Supreme Court precedent as a CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 10, 2018
That’s very different than being a Supreme Court Justice pic.twitter.com/JiCGhqBwVV
After Trump's announcement, the demonstrators amended their chants a bit.
"Hey hey, ho ho! Kavanaugh has got to go!" Outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, protesters chant to oppose President Trump's #SCOTUS pick, Brett Kavanaugh https://t.co/8W4ZXUJWgB pic.twitter.com/7ODL8GozPP— CNN (@CNN) July 10, 2018
Several others made their way to the Supreme Court to join in the demonstrations. The situation got so hostile that Fox News anchor Shannon Bream feared for her safety.
Very few times I’ve felt threatened while out in the field. The mood here tonight is very volatile. Law enforcement appears to be closing down 1st Street in front of SCOTUS.— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 10, 2018
Bream followed up that tweet by informing followers that she had to cancel their live show and that they were "moving the show back to the safety of the studio."