Hours after he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Brett Kavanaugh was sworn-in at the Supreme Court Saturday in a private ceremony.
Kavanaugh was sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he will replace, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, Reuters
reports. Photos released by the Supreme Court show Kavanaugh’s wife and two daughters standing by him throughout the ceremony.
But the moment was muddied by the noisy protestors who gathered outside the country’s highest court. A protester even climbed a statue
in front of Supreme Court prior to his swearing-in.
In a vote almost strictly along party lines, the U.S. Senate vote was 50-48, with only one Democrat, Joe Manchin (W. Va.), joining Republicans in supporting Kavanaugh. His confirmation gives the court its first reliable conservative majority in decades
President Donald Trump shared his enthusiasm for the political win during a rally in Topeka, Kansas.
“I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution,” Trump said.
Reactions online varied, falling again along party lines. Democrats vowed they would continue to protest.
On the other hand, a number of republicans toasted Kavaugnah’s victory with a beer and the #beersforbrett hashtag.
As for Kvaugnah, he will be on the Supreme Court in time to hear next week’s cases on immigration, product liability and the Armed Career Criminal Act.