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Republican senators met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss advancing the Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to a final vote. They also addressed concerns from a number of members who are facing an increasingly threatening environment.
For more than two years, the country has become more politically polarized and civility has been on a downward trajectory. In recent weeks, a number of members of Congress sounded the alarm after receiving death threats related to the Supreme Court nomination and allegations of sexual assault.
Members of Congress are no strangers to public hostility over hot-button issues like health care, immigration, civil rights or war, but some argued the current atmosphere is different.
“There’s a lot of unprecedented activity taking place,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. At the Tuesday meeting, he noted some senators expressed a previously unseen sense of “danger” about the political atmosphere.
“We’ve been through this in the past, but this is the worst it’s been since I’ve been here,” he continued. “I think we need to recognize that it’s not going to go away with the final determination of whether [Kavanaugh] is going to be on the Supreme Court. There’s something underlying there that we’re experiencing throughout the country right now that we’ve got to figure out a way to address.”[…]
Kavanaugh also testified that he and his family and friends being threatened and directed blame at Democratic senators who had criticized him as “complicit in evil” and said he “will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.”
“I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators, your words have meaning,” Kavanaugh said. Claiming the aggressive rhetoric gave rise to the threats of physical violence, Kavanaugh warned, “You sowed the wind for decades to come. I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.”