​"You have to exit at some point!"


What: Women's rights activists on Monday pursued Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia into an airport restroom and shouted at him to oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

 

The three women -- Patti Serrano and Jennifer Epps-Addison of the Center for Popular Democracy advocacy group and Arizona State Representative Isela Blanc -- berated Perdue at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. 

Serrano informed the senator that she had been sexually assaulted, and Epps-Addison suggested he had a responsibility to respond to such women.


“You don’t feel like you have to answer any questions to people who have come out about their sexual assaults?" she said.


The women also asked Perdue whether he supports a full FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.


Serrano could be heard saying, "Please don't push me, senator," as he brushed past her on an escalator. Perdue told the activists: "Don't touch me."

Perdue went on to take refuge in the restroom. Although the women respect the gendered barrier -- which has increasingly ​come under attack -- they continue to shout at him.


“Senator, how can you not talk to women who have been assaulted?” Epps-Addison said. “How can you ignore our pleas? You have to exit at some point.”


Blanc added, “You represent not just your state’s choice, but every American in this country, and every person that is vulnerable. This is a legacy, and a moment in history that will not be forgotten.”


Why: Kavanaugh's confirmation to the high court has been derailed by claims of sexual assault and misconduct. 


Women's rights activists have ​opposed ​Kavanaugh's confirmation from the start over concerns that he would shift the court rightward and threaten Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling guaranteeing abortion rights. 


Since the allegations by his former high school and college classmates have become publicvictims of sexual assault have taken to publicly confronting Republican senators. Last week, two women confronted Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator in the Capitol Building and urged him to reconsider his support for Kavanuagh's confirmation. 


Hours later, Flake -- a key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- announced he would withhold his vote until the FBI completed a weeklong investigation of the allegations. 


On Monday, activists also approached​ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican ​Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee at the Washington, DC airport. 

“I know this is enjoyable to y’all," Corker said. But the women denied they were having fun.