Local reactions to Supreme Court Judge confirmation

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BURLINGTON, Vt. Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shortly before 4 o'clock this afternoon Vice President Mike Pence read the senate vote-count to officially confirm Kavanaugh.
The vote was largely divided along party lines.The FBI spent five days investigating sexual assault allegations against the 53-year-old.
Senators received that report Thursday.
President Trump showed support for his second nominee to the supreme court by congratulating Kavanaugh on Twitter.

Not everyone was pleased with Saturday's outcome.
Thousands across the county protested Kavanaugh's nomination.
Dozens of protestors in Washington were arrested for unlawful demonstrations on the Capitol steps.

Protests around the country, and in Vermont were held Saturday against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Around 100 people marched down Church Street in Burlington Saturday afternoon. It was held by the activist group, Vote Pro Choice.
Julielyn Gibbons from Vote Pro Choice says she hopes the event brings a sense of peace and relief to those who went.

"We are not alone, and they are not alone. And by doing this and allowing others to hear us, I hope it gives them hope," Gibbons said.

Before Saturday's vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the United States Supreme Court; Vermonters and those visiting shared how they felt about the decision.

"As a survivor, it's, I'm re-traumatized every day, that this has gone on," said C.D. Mattison of Burlington.

She says she's overwhelmed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh's historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This is travesty to our democracy, it's a travesty on checks and balances," Mattison said.

Mattison wasn't the only one left disappointed.

"I don't think he's fit, I think he lied, I think that there were things that were hidden from the judiciary committee," said Adrienne Donohue of Burlington.

Many people said the sexual assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women were not the only reason they thought Judge Kavanaugh was unfit for the job. They say his demeanor while being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee raised red flags.

"I would never react the way he did. I understand anger, bitterness, family, just don't act that way as a judge," said retired New York Supreme Court Justice Peter Leavitt.

"If we had a woman up there acting that way, everyone would instantly say that they're just acting like a child," UVM freshman Julianne Burns said.

"I think he's a highly qualified, highly intelligent individual, but I don't think that he should be sitting on the high court," said Paul Buschner of Burlington

Kavanaugh supporters say there just wasn't enough evidence to support the allegations against him.

"If there really was something that could be corroborated then I would agree that he's not fit, but every place he's been, everybody that talks about him says how wonderful he is," said Kenneth Jackier from New York.

"I think he's innocent because the facts don't add up with Christine's story," Tyler Theuer said.

Theuer is a sophomore at the University of Vermont. He believes that some students are uninformed.

"I feel like a lot of these students here at UVM and Champlain, just hear a small part of the story and all have fun together hating him," said Theuer.

Charlie Collins from Tampa Florida supports the confirmation as well, but warns of a changing political climate.

"When I grew up, innocence was guaranteed until proven guilty," Collins said.

A polarizing decision, with a lasting impact on the country.