Last week, Professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward with an allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, who is currently going through a lengthy senate confirmation hearing.
The allegations were first sent to the office of Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in late July by Ford’s state representative, whom she contacted after hearing of Kavanaugh’s nomination. In the account, Ford recalled Kavanaugh drunkenly pinning her down and attempting to remove her clothes at a house party in Maryland in the 1980s when she was 15 and he was 17. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Immediately following the account, the right questioned Ford (a registered Democrat) and Feinstein’s timing. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley wrote in a statement, “It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way.” He went on, “Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she’s known for weeks.”
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On Monday, Ford’s attorney revealed that she had agreed to testify. But Kellyanne Conway, a longtime advisor and counselor to President Trump, has surprised many by speaking up — as an official representative of the White House — on behalf of Ford. “This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,” she said on Fox News on Monday. “This woman will be heard.”
Given Conway’s unwavering defense of Trump’s unsavory ways, she has been called out on social media as both a hypocrite and “the voice of reason.”
“Is #KellyanneConway switching teams because this is the same woman who defended #Trump when he bragged about #sexualasdault on the Access Holllywood tape and when accused of misconduct by 19 women,” wrote NBC News legal analyst Maya Wiley on Twitter.
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Donald Trump Jr., on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo about the White House’s official response. He mocked Ford’s allegation by posting a meme to Instagram of “Judge Kavanaughs [sic] sexual assault letter found by Dems” featuring a photo of a grade schooler’s love note.
In the caption, he wrote, “Oh boy… the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now. Finestein [sic] had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote… honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency.” Charming.
In an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday, Ford said she decided to come forward publicly because her “civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”