Brett Kavanaugh

Why I Didn’t Report


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Donald Trump tweeted, “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. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

For the answer to “why didn’t report it?,” one only has to look toward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh. It doesn’t matter what his accuser says or what new information comes out. He’s committed to sending Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment, even if it turns out he attempted to rape a girl when he was 17-years-old.

THAT is why so many instances of rape and sexual assault go unreported. To men like Mitch McConnell, it doesn’t matter what she says. When it comes to he said/she said it only matters what he said.

Trump’s tweet, all by itself, should make Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins vote no on Kavanaugh. Both women senators demanded Al Franken resign over a photo of him pretending to grope a woman. You would think they’d have more outrage over someone accused of doing the real thing.

The Senate Republicans and Trump say they can’t delay the vote any longer, which is a lie. They proved they can by delaying Obama’s nominee by eleven months, and not even giving the guy a hearing. They refused to even meet with him in their offices. Not only can they delay, but they’ve shown they’re really good at it.

They want the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to come to them on Monday, and they refuse to bend on that date. They refuse to allow her to speak after Kavanaugh. They refuse to have an investigation. They refuse to hear any witnesses. This is how we select a justice for the Supreme Court, by having as little information as possible?

The Republicans don’t care if new information comes out that shows Kavanaugh is guilty and shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court, just so long as he’s on the court when we find out. There are no interests in facts. Only in putting an extreme right-wing political operative on the bench who will overturn abortion and protect Donald Trump. The bad thing is, if they don’t get this right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte on the bench, why they’ll just have to settle for another right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte.

Over the past two years, Republicans have defended and protected pedophiles, rapists, men who commit and brag about sexual assault, and Nazis. To be a Republican now is to be on the wrong side.

The defense of, “he was only a kid at the time,” is not a defense you would use if it was your daughter.

When you ask, “why didn’t she report it,” the answer is in your question.

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The More Things Change…


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When you see what’s happening now with Christine Blazey Ford, who’s accusing SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, you realize that Republicans, and maybe even the majority of men, haven’t learned anything over the past 30 years after what they did to Anita Hill.

If the internet was as prevalent in 1991, Ms. Hill would have been the first victim of cyberstalking, bullying, and harassment. Now, they demand that Ms. Ford testify to them without all the facts.

Republicans do not want the FBI to investigate the matter. Maybe they’re afraid they’ll find more Russians. They don’t want the confirmation of right-winger Kavanaugh, who will rule to ban abortion, delayed any longer, especially after the midterm elections. But, why?

What’s so wrong with waiting? Are they afraid we’ll have more information that will prove he should not have a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land? Are they afraid Democrats may take the Senate and do what they did to Obama, not let Trump have another justice to the court? They’re right that Democrats want to delay it, but they should be delayed. We should have all the information we can gather before we put a man on a bench for the rest of his life. Do we really want a man who attempted rape on the Supreme Court?

I don’t care if Kavanaugh was only 17-years-old when this incident happened. A 17-year-old should know about consent. They should not be rapists. Should he carry that for the rest of his life? Yes.

Kavanaugh, who has already been proven to be a liar, should be the one asking for an investigation, not the accuser. If he’s innocent, why wouldn’t he want professionals to look into it? If Ms. Ford is guilty, then she has a lot to lose as it’s a crime to lie to the FBI. It’s funny that she’s the one who wants an investigation and the accused does not. The accused’s friend, a witness to the event, is refusing to testify.

Republicans are afraid this will hurt them in the upcoming elections. So, they want eleven white men, only three who aren’t younger than 55, to grill Ms. Ford. How could this possibly go wrong for them?

Eleven men, all white, and no females from their party on the panel. At this point, they should call it a day and tell Trump to send another nominee. Kavanaugh should have been disqualified before we found out he may have been a guy who would rape a girl. Seriously, we can’t do better than this?

Kavanaugh was accused of holding Ford’s mouth, so she couldn’t cry for help while he attacked her. Right now, I think all eleven Republican white men on the Judiciary committee are doing it again.

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The #SoWhat Movement


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It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republicans are defending Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. They’ve already defended Nazis.

Donald Trump says “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people he’s ever known,” but Trump has known people like Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Stephen Miller, Roy Cohn, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting and trying to rape Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, at a social gather in the 1980s when they were both teenagers. She claims Kavanaugh was holding her down and trying to get her clothes off, covering her mouth, so she couldn’t scream, while one of his friends watched. Kavanaugh claims he didn’t do it, and then claimed he wasn’t even at the party. Ford says she was afraid Kavanaugh would inadvertently kill her.

The friend that Ford says witnessed the incident claims it didn’t happen, but he’s also written a book titled, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk.” Kavanaugh’s witness is a guy who has boasted about binge drinking until he blacked out.

One of Kavanaugh’s defenses is a list produced by Republicans of 65 women, who knew the nominee during high school, who say Kavanaugh never sexually assaulted them. Seriously. There are a few weird things about this list. One is, it was revealed shortly after Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed the letter detailing the accusation against him. While Feinstein has been criticized for holding back on the letter, there’s speculation that Republicans were also aware of the accusation and had the list ready just in case.

Another problem with the letter is how did Kavanaugh even know 65 women during his high schooldays since he went to an all-boys Catholic school? Granted, I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school, but it was public and I didn’t know 65 girls. In fact, I still don’t know 65 women. Out of those 65 women vouching for the judge, only two will actually go on the record and publicly defend him.

Also, while it’s good there are 65 girls he didn’t assault, even Jeffrey Dahmer could have produced a list of people he’s known that he didn’t eat.

When asked Monday if he may withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said, “what a ridiculous question.” He also said he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh since the accusations came out, despite the nominee spending nine hours at the White House Monday (maybe it was for the famous meatloaf). But, we don’t know what will come from the hearings next week. Kavanaugh may come off so poorly that they have no choice but to pull his nomination. Seeing that Trump has wilted on “always deny, deny, deny” and says he’s OK with waiting for the confirmation, and he’s known to throw people under the bus quickly, it may not be a “ridiculous” question.

Republicans, who believed all the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and wanted Al Franken tossed from the Senate for pretending to grope a woman, don’t believe Kavanaugh’s accuser. Senator Orrin Hatch, who is on the Judiciary Committee, says the woman is mistaken and may be “all mixed up.” Hatch was also on the committee in 1991 for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, where he defended him against sexually harassing Anita Hill, called her a liar, and later said she owed Thomas an apology.

Republicans also argue that if it did happen, then it was so long ago and while he was a teenager, so it shouldn’t be important now. Would you want to hire a guy suspected of being a rapist while he was in high school thirty years ago? Would you want him setting legal policy? Would you want to give him a lifetime appointment?

Just like in 1991, Republicans are not going to come out of the hearing smelling like roses. Their questioning of Ford next week will likely contribute to the women vote and the blue wave coming in November.

The one thing we definitely will not receive from next week’s hearings is proof. Each of us will believe one or the other. Do I believe her at this point? I do. She’s passed a polygraph, had mentioned it years ago before Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, and it wouldn’t make sense for an intelligent person to subject herself to the lifetime of bullying and harassment she’s about to be the beneficiary of from Republicans. Who in the right minds would look at what they did to Anita Hill and say, “I want some of that?”

And, since Brett Kavanaugh is already on the record as a liar, I don’t believe him.

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Kavanaugh’s Conundrum


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Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed for the Supreme Court, where Trump’s last nominee, Neil Gorsuch also shouldn’t be currently sitting for the rest of his life.

The Republicans stole an appointment from President Barack Obama. They wouldn’t even let his nominee, Merrick Garland, a man they had previously confirmed for a lower court, on the nonsense that a president can’t appoint during an election year. Thus, they let the seat remain vacant for nearly a year on the gamble a Republican would win the presidency. Their gamble paid off. They argued that the people should decide who appoints to the Supreme Court, ignoring the fact that the people did decide in 2012. The people gave Obama four years to perform the duties of the presidency, not three.

After stealing that seat, the Republicans changed the rules from requiring 60 votes for confirmation, to 50. Now, they’re about to do it again.

Before the hearings for Kavanaugh, the Republicans withheld thousands of documents, only to dump them on the Democrats the night before the hearings and barring members of the Senate from releasing them to the public.

Kavanaugh is being cagey and refusing to answer if a president can be indicted, pardon himself, pardon his friends in exchange for their testimony, or if Roe v. Wade can be overturned. All this means is that Donald Trump got to select another judge to rule in his favor if a subpoena for his testimony lands before the highest court. It also means the Supreme Court will make abortion illegal, thus actually killing millions of women.

Perhaps the biggest reason Kavanaugh should not be confirmed is because he was nominated by Donald Trump.

Donald Trump may have broken the law to become president. He is accused of directing someone to commit a crime while he was the Republican presidential nominee. He may have colluded with Russia and have engaged in a conspiracy to steal the election. He may have paid foreign hackers to disrupt the election. All of this would make him an illegitimate president. We can’t have people appointed by Vladimir Putin.

Trump is also mentally unhinged. The people closest to Trump believe he is incapable of doing his job, and he’s a danger to the nation. His own words and tweets confirm the man is insane. I don’t believe a crazy man should be making lifetime appointments to any court, especially the Supreme Court.

America doesn’t want Kavanaugh on the Court. Only 37 percent of those polled by ABC News and The Washington Post support his confirmation. The only two nominees who have fared worse in the poll’s history are Harriet Miers (a legal counsel for the second Bush) and Robert Bork (a Reagan nominee who was so far out on the right-wing fringe, it would have been like putting Alex Jones on the Court). Both of those nominees failed. Kavanaugh should fail, but he probably won’t because we live in Crazytown.

No president should be allowed to pick their judge. The Republicans need to stop allowing Trump to turn this nation into a banana republic. A president in the last year of his term can’t nominate but an unindicted co-conspirator with major mental deficiencies can?

The only hearings we should be having at this place and time is over which federal penitentiary where Trump should be serving his sentence.

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Kavanaugh’s Hangups


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Leave it to Donald Trump to make a Supreme Court nomination that reminds us just how bad the Bush administration was.

Shortly after being nominated to the court, Bush issued a statement on Brett Kavanaugh. “President Trump has made an outstanding decision in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” said the 43rd president.

Kavanaugh served as counsel in the Bush White House, and then as secretary before finally being nominated by Bush for the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His confirmation was stalled for three years on accusations that he was too partisan. Why would he be viewed as too partisan?

Working in the White House for either party can be considered partisan. He also represented the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez, pro bono, in a losing battle to keep the boy from being reunited with his father in Cuba. Perhaps most partisan was working on Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton and being one of the author’s of Starr’s report recommending impeachment of the president.

In contrast to the tight lips of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion and obstruction by Donald Trump, the Starr investigation was constantly leaking to the press. Republicans supposedly hate leakers. If it turns out that Kavanaugh was leaking to the press, will Republicans hold it against him? No. Republicans don’t have problems with hypocrisy, even if Kavanaugh may be deciding cases in the future on government leakers.

Speaking of hypocrisy, in 2009, the nominee wrote an article that presidents should be exempt from “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations. Did I mention he worked on the investigation of Bill Clinton and recommended that he be impeached for lying? How does he feel about being nominated by the biggest liar-in-chief in history?

He may be the only candidate on Trump’s list who is on public record with that opinion. Since the question of whether or not a sitting president can be indicted is not settled, it may land before the Supreme Court. Now, we have Donald Trump sending someone to the court who believes presidents shouldn’t be investigated. He may argue that Trump shouldn’t be distracted from golf and retweeting Nazis.

Kavanaugh should not be confirmed, at least not while the Mueller investigation is ongoing. Forget the election. Forget the abortion debate. Forget Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy of refusing to hold a hearing for Obama’s nominee and allowing it to be stolen by Trump. What shouldn’t be allowed is an appointment to the Supreme Court by a president who is suspected of collusion with Russian spies, thus potentially sending someone to the court who will protect him.

Trump has a history of asking everyone for their loyalty. Does anyone believe he’s capable of not asking SCOTUS candidates for their loyalty?

Trump has the legal right to nominate for the court. But, he was elected by a minority of the people with help from a government hostile to the United States. He welcomed that help. Do we want his appointments sitting on the court for the next thirty years if it turns out he is guilty?

Religious Republicans and other assorted scary fundamentalists believe their deal with the devil will eventually give them a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade. It just might, but that doesn’t appear to be Trump’s first concern with his nomination.

As exhibited by making the announcement at prime time, as if it’s reality television, Trump’s first concern is for himself. Trump’s selection may be what’s best for Trump. It’s no wonder that even the North Koreans believe they’re dealing with gangsters.

The bar has been lowered for Trump. Even his nominees require fewer votes for confirmation than past nominees. The bar shouldn’t be lowered for the rest of us.

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