Thursday, the Kavanaugh allegation will become just another ‘Anita Hill’ case if things take a turn for the worst. President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University.
Editor Emma Brown from The Washington Post reports, “While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth. ‘I thought he might inadvertently kill me,’ said Ford. ‘He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.’”
Ford initially wanted to testify against Kanavaugh and he was ready. She then decided not to because she did not want to testify under the Republicans terms. After, Ford sent out a list of requests that the Republicans would need to comply with in order for her to testify. Now, it seems as though they have given her the ultimatum of either testifying Thursday, or not testifying at all.
Ford’s list of requests are as follows:
- Provisions made for Ford’s safety
- Questions by senators, not lawyers
- Cannot be in the same room as Kavanaugh
- Kavanaugh testifies first
- Committee subpoenas Mark Judge & other witnesses
- Hearing date later than Monday
One fear, among many, is that Kavanaugh will still be confirmed regardless of Thursday’s outcome. If history is any example of what could potentially happen, this is certainly a possibility. Another fear is that there will be no real and thorough investigation before he is sworn in.
The only investigating that seems to be happening is on her side. Ford was asked to take a lie detector test with a former FBI agent and results came back that she was telling the truth about this incident. The other witnesses that Ford claims was in the room have not been subpoenaed and the Senate has not reached out to Ford or her lawyers since she came forth with her story.
Republicans have speculated that Democrats have been coaching Ford and her lawyers with the intent of embarrassing and harassing President Donald Trump and preventing his nominee from becoming apart of the Supreme Court. While the most logical thing would’ve been to start an investigation and get to the truth, the republicans responded with pushing a new story to the forefront. Apparently, 65 women that knew Kavanaugh are willing to attest to his appreciation and respect for all women.
As for a response from Kavanaugh, he denied the accusations immediately and said that he was not present for any of her claims. This seems strange only because Ford said that she didn’t even remember when or where the party was. So, how does Kavanaugh know that he wasn’t there if she doesn’t even know what party she’s referring to?
In regular Trump fashion, he tweets the following response, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filing forwards so that we can learn date, time, and place!” and “the radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?” Why, you ask? Maybe because 98% of perpetrators of rape/sexual assault go unpunished.
Due to his sexist history, we can’t expect Trump to sympathize with being a woman. With that being said, we definitely can’t expect him to sympathize with being a woman, being sexually assaulted, or being raped by a person from an “elitist group of boys” in fear that no one would believe you or that you’d be attacked.
Our system is corrupt and we are reminded of that on a constant basis. It would be in the Senate’s best interest, in terms of morality, to put a hold on this intake process and perform an in-depth investigation to figure out what kind of person they are giving this position of power to —if they care. While it might have been to her benefit to exploit him when the incident initially took place, right now is ALSO a perfect time to bring this to the forefront being as though he’s about to be elevated to a position where he’d have the final say in decisions and laws that will govern this country.