Trump tweeted: "The crowd in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is tiny, looks like about 200 people (& most are onlookers) - that wouldn't even fill the first couple of rows of our Kansas Rally, or any of our Rallies for that matter!" Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.
As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted, "Shame!"
Kavanaugh will be sworn in later on Saturday, the Supreme Court announced.
"Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box", he said.
Joe Manchin is facing a hard re-election campaign in West Virginia, a traditionally Republican state that Mr Trump won by a landslide. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
The FBI sent Congress documents detailing additional interviews about Kavanaugh that the agency conducted at the request of some Republican and Democratic senators. Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, while Democrats and two independents aligned with them hold the remaining 49.
The last time a justice was confirmed by a single vote was in 1881, when Stanley Matthews was confirmed 24-23.
Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.
Every Democrat voted against the Trump appointee, except for Sen.
If there's a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would vote as the tiebreaker, confirming Kavanaugh.
Ford's claims led to a Senate hearing where both she and the judge testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. and a brief follow-up FBI investigation authorized by the Prez. Kavanaugh was originally nominated by President Donald Trump on July 9. Ramirez has said Kavanaugh positioned his genitals in her face at a college party. And it was fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of his nominee and occasional mocking of Kavanaugh's accusers. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.
On Friday, in the moment that made clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling". "And it is long overdue", said Ms. Collins.
In reference to protesters who came out to show opposition to the decision, Trump poked fun by suggesting the number of people didn't compare to his supporters at rallies. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life". You put yourself through so much and I want you to know it wasn't in vain.
The final Senate vote held just before 4pm and the judge passed 50-48, with a slim margin of just two votes, leading to a whole host of stars and popular accounts revealing their thoughts.
Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections.
In 2018, Democrats hope to ride to a "blue wave" of anger over Trump and Kavanaugh that could flip control of Congress.
Kavanaugh's upcoming confirmation, expected to be announced on Saturday evening, follows weeks of the Trump nominee defending himself against allegations of sexual assault and misconduct from a number of women.
Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.