McConnell says Kavanaugh's win is a 'shot of adrenaline' for the GOP

Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas have both been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Capitol Police said later in the day that 164 of them were arrested. The practice, called a "pair between senators", is so that the vote margin would be the same had Daines, who planned to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation, been there.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018. Mr Trump will be able to campaign on the back of an important victory, but commentators will be watching closely how the Kavanaugh affair affects women voters.

Mr Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, knife-edge votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed. That's the only thing I remember, ' " Trump said of Ford as he mocked her onstage.

The Time's Up campaign praised a turning tide in USA attitudes, but said "it's heartbreaking but not surprising that this small group of largely white men made a decision that valued the career of one man above all else".

Two Republican waverers, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, have finally made a decision to back the judge.

Trump watched the vote on a large-screen television tuned to Fox News in a wood-paneled cabin on the plane.

When the vote was confirmed, Mr Trump delivered a double thumbs-up from his desk while several aides applauded.

Americans from both sides took to Twitter to comment on the confirmation.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, handsome speech".

There are no blockbusters among the 38 cases already on the docket for the current Supreme Court term, which began on Monday, but justices often add disputes on controversial issues as they are appealed from lower courts.

President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to say the Federal Bureau of Investigation report vindicated his nominee and expressed optimism about Republican chances in the November midterm elections, where control of the House of Representatives and Senate could be at stake. "These things always blow over", he told a news conference.

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Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building.

He was sworn in at a private ceremony last night and will take his seat on the Supreme Court on Tuesday. "Thank God you people have nothing to do with the laws of this land", another user wrote.

Residents of a townhouse near the Washington home of Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican whose backing helped get Kavanaugh over the line on Saturday, flew the flag of the lawmaker's home state ME upside down in protest.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being "able to withstand this frightful, awful attack by the Democrats".

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.

The process has also left America's political polarisation even more acute.

Trump and other Republicans said their base is more motivated than it was earlier in the year, and that will help them keep the House and Senate. The Senate leader claimed the vacancy shouldn't be filled in the months leading up to a presidential election.

Democrats vehemently opposed Mr Kavanaugh, arguing he was a threat to the Roe v Wade ruling, which guarantees the right to abortion.

During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember.

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol. The president's middling job approval rating and independent voters' disdain for his constant personal attacks have been a drag on GOP candidates, particularly in the more moderate suburban districts that will determine control of the House.

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