Never before has a Supreme Court nomination caused such a divide in the American people. Last week Dr. Christine Blasey Ford brought her stunning allegations of sexual abuse before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave his furious response.
Over 13 million Americans watched the drama live and all of them have taken sides. The testimony from accuser and accused cut deep rifts in America, dredging up feelings of shame and anger for the millions of women who have lived through sexual assault. On Thursday that frustration boiled over as over 300 people were arrested outside of Capitol Hill.
A crowd of hundreds amassed in Washington DC ahead of a key vote that could decide Kavanaugh's future. The senate voted Friday on ending the debate around Kavanaugh and will likely vote on his nomination on Saturday. In a statement, Capitol Police said 302 people were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating. Among those arrested was comedian Amy Schumer.
Schumer shared her own survival story with Oprah earlier this year. In recounting the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Schumer said she tried to distance herself from the "kind" of woman who gets abused, but now realizes "there is no kind of woman. It happens to all women."
Thousands of women are sharing their stories because of the Kavanaugh allegations. Social media is rife with tales of abuse and survival, but also with outrage.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh have received death threats and their respective testimonies did nothing to quell the partisan divide among their supporters. A Fox News Poll showed that 36% of Americans believed Ford when she claimed she was assaulted by Kavanaugh at a high school party in the early 1980s, while 30% believe Kavanaugh. A large portion, 34%, were unsure who to believe.
The entire building is echoing with chants of "BELIEVE SURVIVORS" pic.twitter.com/SKxjj19MC7— Women's March (@womensmarch) October 4, 2018
His confirmation is still very much uncertain as partisan websites claim his nomination is certainly doomed or assuredly secure. The Republicans need 50 votes to send the confirmation to Vice-President Mike Pence for a tie-breaker. That means they can only afford to lose one vote to the Nay side.
The nomination has completely derailed many midterm election campaigns as the nation focuses on the senate vote. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued a warning to Republicans on Twitter:
This is a fight for every woman who has ever been disbelieved, disregarded, distrusted, and devalued for coming forward and daring to speak the truth.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) October 4, 2018
Keep on fighting. And do not forget that November is coming. #CancelKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/BZnS7uDKsO
The country will vote in a month's time, and it's hard to see how we'll be able to come together after this is all said and done.
[H/T: CNN, Fox News]