As the White House and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee made clear on Tuesday that they are committed to ramming through Trump Supreme pick Brett Kavanaugh and have no intention of honoring Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s demand for a complete FBI investigation into her sexual assault allegations, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) delivered a scathing condemnation of the GOP’s attempt to “railroad” Ford and fast track a confirmation vote.
“The entire array of the White House’s power is behind Judge Kavanaugh. It not only places Dr. Blasey Ford at a disadvantage, it victimizes her.”
—Sen. Mazie Hirono
“This is what they did to Anita Hill,” Hirono, one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters during a press conference alongside her Democratic colleagues on Tuesday.
As a 2015 video clip showing Kavanaugh bragging about how “what happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep” went viral overnight, Hirono said it is past time for men nationwide to put an end to the kind of treatment Ford is now receiving.
“Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country,” Hirono said. “I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change.”
“I expect all of the enlightened men in our country, cause there must be millions of men out there who are enlightened, who also will rise up to say we cannot continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford,” Hirono continued. “And you know what, she is under no obligation to participate in the Republican efforts to sweep this whole thing under the rug, to continue this nomination on the fast track, and to participate in a smear campaign.”
After answering questions from reporters in the Senate hallway on Tuesday, Hirono saw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)—who has reportedly been working “feverishly behind the scenes to save Kavanaugh”—passing in a corridor just outside the Senate chamber.
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