By Staff Writer James Mellen III.
On October 3rd women gathered in Washington D.C to protest the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh, comedian Amy Schumer and actress Emily Ratajkowski attend this event and were two of 302 women to get arrested for protesting.
Schumer spoke at the event saying that “A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote saying that women don’t matter” later saying “No matter how this goes down they can’t keep us down.”
Videos of the arrest have emerged online, the video starts with a police officer asking Schumer “Do you want to get arrested?” She replied “yes” and was escorted out of the area with the officer while the crowd behinds her chants “I believe we will win.” The officer also threatened to arrest the cameraman for filming.
After being arrested Ratajkowski tweeted “Today I was arrested protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a man who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault. Men who hurt women can no longer be placed in positions of power.”
Getting arrested definitely seems like a point of pride for the two actresses, as it should be.
However I wonder what the effects of the arrest were for the other 300 women at the event. While these women were not formally indicted, for the rest of their lives they will have to say they’ve been arrested.
Due to the filming of the video it’s a little hard to tell the exact reason as to why Schumer was arrested. However the police officer threatening to arrest the cameraman immediately after arresting Schumer is definitely shady.
I’m not an expert on the first amendment, however the right to protest and the freedom of speech of the press are both protected by the first amendment, so I’m very unsure as to the legality for why these women were getting arrested.
Earlier that day two women confronted two senators on their way to to the hearing. Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat, West Virginia), and Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican, Utah).
Senator Manchin was approached by a protestor while he’s walking towards an elevator. The protestor demanded that the senator look at her. The preceded to ask him “How are you going to vote yes on this?”, to which he responded with “How do you know how I’m going to vote?”
This is a pretty typical response from a politician, I personally was once told the same thing by my State Senator, however the bill was far less personal.
Senator Hatch on the other hand did not maintain his composure when confronted by protestors. He was asked “Why aren’t you brave enough to exchange with us?”. To which the Senator response “When you grow up, I’ll be waiting.”
This is wildly inappropriate, both professionally and personally. This is also just one more reason why I will never set foot in the great state of Utah.
The reaction by the senator also paints a sad picture of what the implication of the arrests made on the 300 women.
The implication being that regardless of whether or no the arrests were legal or illegal, it’s what the people we’ve elected wanted these protestors to get arrested.
It’s clear that Senator Hatch didn’t view these women as Americans whose voices need to be heard, he viewed them as a nuisance on his way to work.
He doesn’t care if getting arrested could hinder the lives of hundreds of American women standing up for what they believe in, he cares about getting to work undisturbed.
I’m not saying that Senator Hatch wanted these women to be arrested, but I am saying that he doesn’t care if they do get arrested.
That should scare you. You as a citizen of this country should be allowed to march on Washington so long as you don’t harm anyone, and the politicians in office should do everything in their power to protect that right.
Arrests made at protests are a partisan issue, three people died at the unite-the-right rally last year, and only eleven arrests were made.
There were zero protest related deaths on October third.
It’s a safe bet to place that if had this been a protest in support of Kavanaugh their wouldn’t have been any arrests.
When’s the last time a man got arrested for trying to keep his rights?
Vote on November 6th.
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