Trump doubles down on baseless claim that Kavanaugh protesters are "paid"

Donald Trump

In the run-up to the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, protestors have swarmed the Senate offices, resulting in hundreds of arrests.

'The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad.

Donald Trump has tweeted a weird attack on anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters, insisting their banners are 'not signs made in the basement from love'.

However, this marks the first time Trump has explicitly mentioned Soros by name on Twitter - a move that could well fan the flames of conspiracy among the far right. Paid for by (George) Soros and others.

Trump did not provide any evidence to support his claims.

Ana Maria Archila, the woman who approached Flake in the elevator, responds to Trump's tweet. The Arizona senator last week called for the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh in light of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations made against him, which Kavanaugh denies.

Following Kavanaugh's nomination and his initial hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford came forward with an allegation that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her while they were both at a party during their high school years more than three decades ago. The senators on Friday backed a decision to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Trump's comments echoed criticism of the protesters leveled earlier Friday by senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who said on Fox News that victims of sexual abuse should focus their efforts on confronting their attackers, rather than Republican lawmakers.

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, however, was filmed dismissively waving a woman away at the elevator and saying that he'd talk with her 'when you grow up'.