WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- On Friday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake was confronted by two sexual assault survivors just after he expressed his intent to cast his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
- Flake was one of the few senators who stood up for Christine Blasey Ford, who was allegedly abused by Kavanaugh three decades ago.
- A few Democrats walked out on Friday afternoon as committee members moved to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Two women, who were apparently sexual assault survivors, confronted Sen. Jeff Flake shortly after he declared his decision to cast his vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday. The heated confrontation was captured by CNN, showing the two women as they shouted at Flake in the elevator.
One of them said that Flake’s decision would be like “telling all women that they don’t matter”. The woman added further, “Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me! That you’ll let people like that go into the highest court in the land and tell everyone what they can do with their bodies.”
One of the two women was Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy.
Voicing out her disappointment to Flake, she said, “What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court!”
Archila also said she believes that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual abuse accusations against Kavanaugh were true, since she experienced a similar situation.
Senator Flake stood up for Dr. Ford as he criticized President Trump’s comments that cast doubt on her claims because the incident happened over thirty years ago.
He was quoted on Thursday saying: “I do not believe the claim of sexual assault is invalid because a 15-year-old girl didn’t report the assault to authorities, as the president of the United States said just two days ago…How uninformed and uncaring do we have to be to say things like that, much less believe them?”
But on Friday, the senator announced his decision to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, saying that he left the hearing on Thursday “with as much doubt as certainty.”
On Friday afternoon, several Democrats — Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) — walked out of the committee’s hearing.
Source: Huff Post