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Video shows Senator Orrin Hatch tell woman to 'grow up' after asking about Kavanaugh

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by Alyssa Roberts

(KUTV) — Video surfaced on Twitter Thursday afternoon of Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch appearing to laugh at women who gathered to ask the senator why he supports the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The video was posted to Twitter by political action group @VoteChoice.

It shows a group of people, including women, appearing to confront Hatch outside an elevator.

"Why aren't you brave enough to talk to us and exchange with us?" a woman asks Hatch in the video.

The Senator appears to wave a hand somewhat dismissively at the woman.

"Don't you wave your hand at me," the woman responds. "I wave my hand at you."

Hatch then appears to say something unclear. The words "grow up" can be heard.

The group that disseminated the video, The Center for Popular Democracy, said in a press release that Hatch was telling the women to "grow up."

Multiple women then begin shouting at Hatch. The first woman can be heard saying, "How dare you talk to women that way. How dare you?"

Hatch then gets on the elevator and men who appear to be security officials stand between him and the women. Hatch can be seen behind the men, smiling and waving at the women. The press release from The Center for Popular Democracy said the senator laughed at the women as well.

The women block the elevator door, and one of the security officers tells them to move or "you're going to get arrested."

The woman who asks Hatch initially why he would not talk to the group was identified as Kathy Beynette.

Hatch's office could not immediately be reached for comment on the video.

Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in the U.S., has supported Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process, and accused Democrats of attempting to delay his confirmation.

His office released a statement today saying the senator planned to vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) also released a statement saying he planned to vote in favor of the judge's confirmation.

Kavanaugh's nomination became contentious when multiple women accused the judge of past sexual misconduct.

An FBI investigation into the judge's past was conducted. Republicans said nothing of concern was found in the investigation. Democrats accused the FBI and, by extension, the White House, of purposely limiting the scope of the investigation.

A test vote of the entire Senate was scheduled for Friday. Some speculate a final confirmation vote could happen over the weekend.

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