'If We Show Up, God Will Do the Rest': Prayer Warriors Descend on Capitol Hill Amid Kavanaugh Chaos
- Tensions are high butcivility is low on Capitol Hill
ahead of this weekend's vote
on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination,
leading US Capitol policeto increase security
around the Hill.
Swing senators like Susan Collins
now require police escorts to protect them
from being heckled byprotestors as well as the media.
- You guys really do, like,invade my comfort zone.
It's intense!- Areas the media
and public typicallywalk through with ease
have been blocked these past few days.
Protesters have also takenover senators' offices
and sent rude and,often, harassing messages
to staff members.
The bitter back and forth on the Hill
led Senator Rand Paul's wife, Kelley,
to write an open letterto Senator Cory Booker,
calling on him to retractstatements he said in July
that she says incite violence.
- Go to the Hill today!(audience cheering)
Get up and please, get up in the face
of some congresspeople.
- Perhaps he didn't mean it so literally,
but unfortunately, I thinkthere are a lot of people
out there who are veryangry and maybe unstable,
and they take those kinds of words
and maybe take it to the next level.
- [Abigail] In the past 18months, she says her family
has experienced violenceat a horrifying level,
like the shooting at herhusband's congressional
baseball practice and theassault that landed him
in the hospital with brokenribs and lung damage.
The Pauls were also oneof many Senate families
whose home address andpersonal information
was recently posted online.
- I think we're crossing a line
into a really dangerous anddisturbing, you know, chapter.
- [Abigail] Kelley saysin the past three months,
things have felt a lot worse
and it's hard for her towatch and hear stories
of senators and their spousesbeing harassed in public,
like Ted and Heidi Cruz.
- Those people were up in their face,
waving their middle fingersand just jabbing their fingers
in their face, and sayinghorrible things to them.
It's really aggressive, it'sviolent, it's an assault,
it's, you know, that is the opposite
of making your views known.
- [Abigail] In the midst of this chaos,
groups are coming to the Capitol to pray.
- I don't think we have to pray perfectly,
I just think we have to pray,
and if we show up, God will do the rest.
- Reporting from Capitol Hill,
Abigail Robertson, CBN News.