The current president of the United States sees this moment in history as a scary time for young men. Well, it should be scary for men who sexually assault women. It’s scary for people like Trump because women are fighting back, because women are speaking out, and because women are blowing the whistle on men who have sexually harassed them or sexually assaulted them.
This is why you see Donald Trump, a man who was caught on tape bragging about assaulting women, mocking a survivor of an attack in which she thought she was going to be killed. And Trump did this to uproarious laughter and cheering in an arena.
Let’s be clear: we are at a breaking point here. If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as associate justice of the Supreme Court — which is a lifetime appointment, the consequences are going to be devastating. Imagine this court, with a 5-4 majority held by radical, right-wing extremists, presiding over almost any issue that matters to women, to working people, to people of color, to the LGBTQ community. Imagine them presiding over cases on war powers, secrecy, corporate power. I could go on and on. This is going to be an absolute nightmare that could stretch on for decades. But it can get worse. God forbid that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most progressive justice on the court, for whatever reason is no longer on that court, this country could go full “Handmaid’s Tale.”
This isn’t just about Brett Kavanaugh. This is about what kind of country the United States really is. We already have Clarence Thomas, who systematically sexually harassed Anita Hill on the Supreme Court. Now we may have a man in Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of incredibly serious, potentially criminal acts of sexual assault joining him on that court.
What Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands for politically and as a judge deserves to be fiercely opposed and fought. Not just his views on women’s health and abortion, but on so many issues, including torture. And what we see clearly after watching Kavanaugh’s rage filled testimony is that he lied repeatedly under oath. We saw a rabid, frothing partisan, who at times sounded like a speaker at a Trump rally. But when you have multiple, credible allegations of criminal assaults against women, it goes beyond just politics, it goes beyond just political opposition. This is about the lives of women. This is about a culture of impunity, particularly for the most privileged and powerful white men in United States.
We owe it to women and all decent people to never drop this issue. Brett Kavanugh needs to be held accountable no matter what court he sits on. The same remains true for Clarence Thomas as it remains true for Donald Trump. What happens here, right now, is going have life and death consequences. And that means that this is not, and should not, be the end of this story. Every Democrat running for office in this election cycle should be asked what they are going to do about these men. And their answers should matter.
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