America proved yet again it is prone to being on the wrong side of history, confirming Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Justice on Saturday.
Incase you’re not all caught up on the events happening in Washington over the past few weeks…
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on July 9th, 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee began the confirmation process on September 4th, during which time Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, thirty-six years prior while the pair were in high school. While the committee held the hearing in order to give both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford chance to respond, two more victims, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward and alleged two further instances of sexual assault. All allegations were denied by Kavanaugh.
In order to establish what happened, the Judiciary Committee questioned both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh about the allegations – along with sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell – beginning on September 27th. During the questioning, Blasey Ford testified against Kavanaugh, recounting the evidently traumatic time in her life which has stuck with her ever since. Kavanaugh, on the other hand, was evasive, aggressive towards senators and talked all too much about how he liked to drink beer in high school and college. When faced with the all-important question: ”Would you be open to an FBI investigation to established the truth?” Blasey Ford agreed and encouraged one to be carried out, whereas Kavanaugh struggled to give a straightforward answer and much like his behaviour throughout the questioning, evaded it the best of his ability.
And so the Senates eventually voted 11-0 to send the nomination to a full Senate vote, pending an FBI investigation.
It comes as no surprise that the FBI investigation carried out was limited and failed to unearth the truth. President Trump had blocked the notion of an investigation to begin with, so it was hardly a bombshell that he ensured the route the FBI followed would come to no definitive conclusion.
And history repeats itself…
Just like what happened 27 years ago with Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas, history repeats itself as on October 6th, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court – a real f*ck you to sexual assault survivors. But then again, who can be surprised when America is controlled, in majority, by old, white men?
We can say Dr. Blasey Ford’s fight will not be for nothing – but do we really believe that? Sure, it inspires a change, but this is a woman who courageously stood and told her trauma and now her alleged accuser sits on the highest court in arguably the most powerful country. If there is one thing the Kavanaugh vote has reminded us, it is that women always lose when men have the vote. The Justices of the Supreme Court now is outweighed by males, at 3-6.
Republicans demanded a public torment of Dr. Blasey Ford and other sexual assault survivors despite being consciously aware that they would never take her testimony seriously and block Kavanaugh’s nomination. It was a sadistic flaunting of their power.
To put this into context:
Brett Kavanaugh will be the 114th Supreme Court justice in US History.
108 have been white men.
Four have been women, three of which are currently serving as justices in the Supreme Court.
Three have been nonwhite.
Only one has been a woman of colour, which is now less than the number of men who have been confirmed amid sexual misconduct allegations.
via Astead Wesley
Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting multiple girls/women while in a drunken state – and they mocked it. Senator John Cornyn posted a picture of a glass of champagne with the hashtag #Bubbly4Brett, which basically translates to ”take that, rape victims!”
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 6, 2018
Never again do I wish to hear that sexual assault allegations ruin the life of white men when they can still get elected to the Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed over the shouts of women and sexual assault survivors.
Do you finally understand why women don’t report their sexual assaults? Do you now get it?