A small group of protesters gathered outside the Federal Building in downtown Fargo today to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Hillary Kay was one of them.
"I am wearing a handmaid's costume, and that's kind of a stealth declaration because unless you are inclined, I think, to progressive concerns - you're not likely to recognize it."
Kay says this wasn't her first time to a protest with her costume.
"So this is I guess, my third outing in the costume. The other two times, there have been just spontaneously other women. Not people I knew in advance - they just appear. We are summoned."
Kay says she was frustrated at Kavanaugh's unwillingness to answer questions about an FBI investigation into his alleged sexual assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, as well as his aggressive and partisan demeanor during yesterday's hearing. She says the protesters know Senator Heidi Heitkamp isn't in town today, but they still want her to understand how strongly they feel about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. She says Heitkamp's vote in the proceedings is critical because it's a "swing" vote.
"Senators serve for six year terms. Kavanaugh may be on the bench for decades. This is going to be a part of her legacy, and what does she want her name to be in our children's mouths?"
Kay says she hopes people will acknowledge the significance of Supreme Court decisions on everyone's lives, and that if they haven't already - contact their representatives to let them know how they feel.