Senator Warren Cherry-Picking Her ‘MeToo’ Values [OPINION]
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had endured several consecutive long days of senatorial vetting in front of the Judiciary Committee, as well as no less than six FBI background investigations.
Just days before congress votes on his SCOTUS appointment, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) presented a California woman, Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, who is claiming that Kavanaugh and another man may have attempted to rape of her while intoxicated at a high school party, estimated to be in 1982.
Feinstein had many hours in public and in privacy to ask Kavanaugh his version of what transpired. She never mentioned it to him. Instead, she has caused the vote to be delayed for a time yet to be determined as this plays out.
The disturbing lack of details, and the fact that Dr. Blasey-Ford never reported this to anyone until now, leaves a lot of room for doubt. That is not to say this didn't happen, but there is a lot to be suspicious of here.
She cannot mention the exact year, how she got to the party or how she got home. She never mentioned it to anyone until six years ago, while in therapy, and never mentioned Kavanaugh by name. She also said there were four men, not two.
We must take the claim seriously for two reasons. First, because the woman deserves to be believed while facts, statements and witness testimonies allow us to come to a conclusion. Second, because of who Kavanaugh would become if Congress approves of the nominee.
In a court of law, Kavanaugh would have no problems brushing off this complaint. However, this will not be any judge or jury: it will be judged by Americans through the media, and the members of Congress will then decide whether or not to validate or dismiss the claim.
Within a day, our own Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) had this to say: “This is outrageous. Brett Kavanaugh was already disqualified to serve on the Supreme Court. But now we’re learning new information about a sexual assault allegation.”
Of course, she also decided she wouldn't vote for the nominee--before she even knew who it was.
Now, in honor of, well, I don't know actually, she has even kicked up a fundraiser for herself over the Dr. Ford accusation.
Senator Warren is firmly in the need-to-believe Dr. Ford camp about an alleged assault that was said to have occurred before Ronald Reagan was re-elected, but wasn't mentioned until after Barack Obama was re-elected as president. She is a proud, #MeToo feminist and stands by this woman. Does she stand by every woman? Are all women deserving of being believed, or are they not, Liz?
I think Warren's answer really would be that maybe not all women deserve to be believed, and that only women who serve to harm conservative Republicans deserve to be granted this ironclad credibility.
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee, was publicly accused this past August of violently dragging his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan off of a bed while screaming obscenities at her and while in front of her son, who allegedly videotaped the 2016 domestic abuse. She also claims that she possesses threatening text messages, allegedly sent by Ellison.
The Huffington Post also reported on a second Ellison domestic violence accuser. Amy Alexander alleged in October 2006 that he acted like a “little dictator” during an affair they had in the mid-2000's, and that he shoved her during a confrontation in which he was trying to silence her.
Senator Warren has been an Ellison backer and supporter for a few years now, even endorsing him to be the DNC Chair last year.
Elizabeth Warren's admirable and unflappable #MeToo flag has yet to be planted in this case, and may have hit a large rock, because this is what she has said in support of the two women who accused congressman and DNC vice-chair Ellison:
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