Disappointed. Disillusioned. Disorienting. Those words define my feelings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Liar. That’s how I define Brett Kavanaugh, before, during and after his belligerent testimony denying he ever sexually assaulted Christine Balsey Ford in high school. He also denied ever being “blackout drunk,” even though numerous schoolmates recall Kavanaugh’s blackout drunk days.
Kavanaugh, who was just sworn in as the new Supreme Court Judge, joins fellow Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas in the Predator-in-a-lifetime-seat-on-the-Supreme-Court club. Thomas is best known for being accused of sexually harassing Anita Hill after she testified against him before a Senate panel in 1991. In response to the allegations after having been questioned by the Senate panel, Thomas then used his black card, calling the entire situation a “high-tech lynching.”
I say all of this to point out, that Clarence Thomas being a liar, did not stop him from becoming a Supreme Court Judge. Brett Kavanaugh, with the exception of the black card, used the same woe-is-me, and I’m-the-real-victim-here tactics that Thomas used. It just goes to show, that in America, you can be a predator, a liar and claim victimhood, in order to slither into the highest offices and some of the highest positions in this land. Our Predator-in-chief knows all about that.
I would like to say that this country has come a long way since Hill’s testimony because, in 1991, a New York Times/CBS poll showed that only 27 percent of Americans believed Hill after her testimony against Thomas. Contrast that measly percentage with the fact that after Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh, a PBS Newshour/NPR/Marist poll revealed that 45 percent of Americans believe her.
The whole controversy surrounding the nomination sparked conversations nationwide about how this #metoo era is a scary time for men in America. The possible threat of women coming forward to make claims against men, especially the powerful, have men supposedly running scared. It’s interesting how the very thought of a woman making a claim against a man is seen as a threat, but the act of actually violating a woman doesn’t have much of an effect on them until they’re confronted with their vile behavior after the fact.
These two women, Anita Hill, and Christine Blasey Ford had nothing to gain in coming forward. They know what it’s like to have to publicly relive their painful experiences in front of a judgemental world. They know what it’s like to lose their privacy and receive threats for their bravery against this patriarchal world. I believe them.
I would never wish for what these women have gone through, to be a reality for anyone Thomas or Kavanaugh knows and loves. But god-forbid something did happen to someone they loved, I would hope those survivors would be believed and that the perpetrators would receive the consequences they deserved.