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Today Christine Blasey Ford produced sworn statements from four witnesses who say she told them about the attempted rape by Brett Kavanaugh as far back as 2012. While these witnesses were not present at the alleged attack, their statements would be admissible in federal court under the prior consistent statement exception to the Hearsay Doctrine – Federal Rules of Evidence, 801(d)(1)(B) – to prove that her story is not “recently fabricated” or driven by “a recent improper influence or motive in so testifying.” In other words, their statements would be admissible in federal court to disprove Kavanaugh’s and his defenders’ claims of a “coordinated smear campaign … a con job … character assassination.”
Meanwhile, Julie Swetnick submitted a sworn affidavit that Kavanaugh “was present” when she and other high school girls were gang-raped at parties and she is willing to cooperate in an FBI investigation and testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But conservatives would rather trust anonymous conspiracy theories on 4-chan and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) cited a Alex Jones conspiracy theory in defending Kavanaugh. Oh, a new NBC/WSJ poll found 54% of Republicans want Kavanaugh confirmed even if he attempted rape and Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley has scheduled a committee vote for Friday at 9:30am.
Slate’s Lili Loofbourow says the allegations against Kavanaugh “appear to more easily fit into a different category – a toxic homosociality – that involves males wooing other males over the comedy of being cruel to women,” while Rewire.News’ Erin Matson draws a direct line from sexual assault to anti-abortion dogma:
The line connecting sexual assault with denial of control over pregnancy and birth is short: Both are abuses of power in which an individual or the state denies a person’s human right to bodily autonomy. Both are forms of sexual oppression. Both thrive on stigma, secrecy, and shame about human sexuality.
Ultimately, the “pro-life” movement has a brand, and its thinkers and supporters know it. The brand is a white man who hates women, such as Donald Trump, the most “pro-life” president ever. The brand is a white man who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in high school while powerful white male senators align behind him, rushing his nomination through as quickly as possible. The brand is also white women rushing to claim that the clearly disrespectful white man is a paragon of honor and integrity. That brand is correctly seen as a liability with a large number of women and the U.S. people. The rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is a brutal expression of white male dominance, thus making it totally and completely “pro-life.”
Will Senate Republicans let Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick testify tomorrow, or stick to their he-said-she-said gambit of Kavanaugh vs. Ford?
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