‘This Isn’t About Politics, It’s About Basic Human Decency’

As a reminder, here is what Christine Blasey Ford reported that Brett Kavanaugh did to her:

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

In response to a question about that yesterday, here is the president’s reaction:

This sums things up really well:

Why would Trump consistently respond to allegations of assault with empathy for the attacker but nothing for the victim? It’s because he is the same man who said this:

You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.

Given that, here is how Republican operatives have responded:

Is it any wonder that Christine Blasey Ford might be hesitant to submit herself to questioning from the people who have ignored the same kinds of allegations against the president, much less his own bragging about committing sexual assault? And then, of course, this is happening:

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, even death threats, according to a person close to her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private matter. “From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime,” one message said.

Dr. Blasey, who has two teenagers, has moved out of her house, is arranging for private security for herself and her family, and is effectively in hiding, the person told The Times. But Dr. Blasey has also been buoyed by a flood of supportive messages from friends and strangers.

“Ninety percent of people think she’s a hero and are extremely supportive of her, and 10 percent want her to die immediately,” the person said, adding, “Her worst fears are coming true.”

Yeah, I’m a little pissed off about all of this—as I’m sure is the case for most women (and men who care about them). The reason we’re in this mess right now is because not enough of us heeded the words of Michelle Obama when she said, “This isn’t about politics, it’s about basic human decency. It’s about right and wrong … Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say: ‘Enough is enough.’ This has got to stop right now.”

You wanna know what’s fueling the resistance? It is hundreds of thousands of women who are sick and tired of the fact that someone who has no sense of basic decency—especially toward women—is in a position to nominate Supreme Court justices. Enough is enough!

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .