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Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

And now we wait...

These last two weeks, Brett Kavanaugh has been put under a microscope. Starting with his emails when he worked as a lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House and now with multiple women coming forward with sexual assault accusations.

Christine Blasey Ford was the first of three women to come forward with accusations against Kavanaugh. She told a story of Kavanaugh groping her and covering her mouth to stop her from screaming during a high school party. She even took a polygraph test and was shown to be telling the truth.

With Kavanaugh’s honesty already being called into question due to the emails, his nomination is in serious trouble. The Senate has decided to hold off on voting on Kavanaugh for up to a week while the F.B.I conducts an investigation into the sexual assault.

Trump tweeted immediately after the hearing, “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him.”

But later said he found Ford’s testimony to be credible and “very compelling.” He said the Senate “have to do what they think is right and be comfortable with themselves.”

The new information brought to light is extremely controversial. With conservatives demanding to know why these accusations did not come to light six weeks earlier when they claim Democrats knew about it, they argue that this is a thinly veiled political play to refuse Trump a seat on the Supreme Court.

In addition, people question whether something that happened more than 30 years ago should affect his nomination. Supporters of Kavanaugh argue that this incident should not be taken into account because of it has nothing to do with his ability to be a Supreme Court Judge and because of the length of time that had passed.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusations and showed his anger during his hearing blaming Democrats for ruining his family and good name. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina exploded at Democrats, saying, “I hope the American people can see through their sham that you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None. She’s as much of a victim as you.”

However, the idea of a Supreme Court Judge having sexually assaulted not one, not two, but three women is sickening to most people. It doesn’t matter when the assault happened or how long it took for a survivor to tell her story. They argue that Kavanaugh cannot be expected to uphold the law if he cannot follow it himself.

And what makes it worse is politicians questioning the stories of sexual assault survivors. Protestors rally against Kavanaugh, holding up signs and posting #believesurvivors on social media.Talking about a sexual assault is difficult enough. Other survivors watched in horror as Ford relived her assault on a platform with the entire world watching you and having your story dissected and doubted is unimaginable for most.

For the next week, Kavanaugh’s and Ford’s lives will be dug into and every detail will be examined. We wait until the F.B.I finishes their investigations and the Senate casts their votes.


Jen Garg is a student at Arizona State University studying Journalism and...