Republican Senators were already demonstrating just how little respect they have for women and the American public with the shameful circus of the Kavanaugh hearings, and their own words don’t prove much else.
Reporters Sarah D. Wire and Emma Dumain followed two senators during the proceedings, and their responses to the trial were alarming, if not necessarily surprising.
Dr. Christine Ford opened with a harrowing, eight-page testimony in which she detailed her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but it looks like Sen. Hatch has other criteria in mind when considering whether to believe women who choose to come forward with some of the most painful stories of their lives. Sen. Graham, too, doesn’t offer much empathy for those who choose not to report for any number of reasons, something that the GOP response to Dr. Ford’s allegations has made clear on an unavoidably public scale.
ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl also had this to report from Graham, as though Dr. Ford being questioned about her own alleged assault at her attacker’s job hearing made their experiences in any way comparable.
It’s worth reiterating that Dr. Ford was 15 when she was allegedly assaulted, that she and her family have faced harassment and death threats since she came forward with her story, and that she is one of multiple women who have made similar allegations of sexual assault against someone who might still make it onto the country’s highest court for life.
The official GOP response, both online and off, has been to drag out some of the most well-worn defenses of men accused of sexual misconduct.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the hearing will do much to stop Kavanaugh’s nomination, in which case Americans will bear the consequences for at least a few decades. The stories of Dr. Ford and other women like her, though, will not be forgotten.