Things move fast in Washington DC these days, and the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation kerfuffle is exhibiting signs of heading into warp-drive.
So, to get up to speed:
(This is the part in the movie where I take an enormously deep breath and then blurt this out as quickly as possible).
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Brett Kavanaugh was cruising to his confirmation when, at the last minute, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford makes an allegation of attempted sexual assault against him. The incident occurred at a party 36 years ago when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh denies having attended the party, as do the two witnesses named by Ford. In fact, none of them having any recollection of the party whatsoever, attending or not.
Ford sent a letter to the democratic leadership months ago over the concerns, but asked to remain anonymous. The democrats then deny Ford this anonymity at the last minute in order to attempt a final derailing of the Kavanaugh confirmation.
The Senate offers to accommodate Dr. Ford in any way possible, her lawyers stall by asking the FBI to get involved first. The FBI says no, twice. They don’t investigate high school parties from the early 80’s anymore. (Or ever).
Now Ford says she will testify, possibly next week, but with a number of stipulations…including that Brett Kavanaugh goes first.
And now, the President is weighing in.
President Donald Trump called out the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault on Friday to provide details of the alleged attack.
“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,” Trump said. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”
The president has so far resisted attacking the accuser Christine Ford, signaling instead his willingness to hear her claims against Kavanaugh before he is confirmed for the Supreme Court. Ford has said she did not report the details of the alleged incident to anyone after she claims it occurred over 30 years ago when they were both in high school.
While the President’s point may be valid, I’m going to go ahead and say that I disagree with his choice to publicly involve himself with such a statement.
(That’s okay. We don’t have to agree on everything, and that’s what makes our country beautiful…so long as we do it with class and dignity).
Here’s why: None of us know exactly what went on in that room three dozen years ago, and if Dr. Ford has been suffering with this trauma, whatever it was, it’s not our business to pretend that we know how harmful that was to her, in any capacity…Whether it be a physical issue, or a mental or emotional one. Sexual trauma does not exclusively follow the same “rules” as other traumas, emotionally speaking, and Dr. Ford has the right to the benefit of the doubt.
But, and this is important, so does Brett Kavanaugh.