Old White Republican Bullies Attack Kavanaugh's Accuser and Anita Hill
"You're talking about history … I'd hate to have someone ask me what I did 35 years ago," said Senator Charles Grassley. Maybe somebody should.
Senators Orrin Hatch and Charles Grassley, both now in their mid 80s, were there for the Clarence Thomas hearings, and they bullied Anita Hill. Forty-one Republicans and 11 Democrats voted to give Clarence Thomas a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Now, they're bullying Christine Blasey Ford.
In addition to cutting the parameters to when Ford can testify, other actions include announcing that they're not conducting an FBI investigation, rushing to move forward within time to confirm Brett Kavanaugh by October, and Ford has been blamed for being confused about her own story.
Hatch suggested Ford might be "mixed up" about her accusation of sexual assault, and he said that even if Kavanaugh assaulted Ford, he should still be a confirmed: "If that was true, I think it would be hard for senators to not consider who the judge is today. Is this judge a really good man? …And, by any, measure he is."
When Grassley was asked about more witnesses being able to testify about the alleged sexual assault of Ford, like it was with Hill, Grassley said, "You're talking about history. We're not looking back. We're looking forward." He also defended Kavanaugh against allegations of sexual abuse by saying, "I'd hate to have someone ask me what I did 35 years ago."
Of Hill, Hatch claimed she was confused about who committed the sexual harassment. He also accused her of using details from "The Exorcist" to add to her story and said: "Her story's too contrived. It's so slick it doesn't compute."
Grassley also accused special interest groups of coaxing Hill to attack Thomas's character. But he's had a long dispute with what he believes in appropriate history to record, as he's spent a great deal of energy fighting The History Channel.
Earlier this week, Grassley said: "The invitation for Monday still stands for Ford to testify. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay."
Reportedly, Grassley is now consulting with his colleagues about Ford's requests for a plan to testify later in the week with safety precautions in place.
Ford has received harassment and death threats since her name was released and has been forced to relocate her family. There are also reports that she has concerns about being in rooms without an "escape route" and is very conscious of exits in rooms.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh didn't acknowledge Ford's current request, as he said, in a statement, that he looks forward to the hearing on Monday to clear his name.
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In light of the two alleged assaults, the second accuser is calling for Fairfax's resignation.
UPDATED: Feb. 8, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. EST
As the hashtag #IBelieveVanessa circulates on Twitter, in regard to Dr. Vanessa Tyson's claim that she was sexually assaulted by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, another accuser has stepped forward.
Lawyers for Meredith Watson released a statement Friday saying that Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were both Duke University students. Watson is calling for Fairfax's resignation.
Another woman is accusing Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. Meredith Watson says Fairfax raped her while they were students, according this tweet. https://t.co/6T0mKZprxG
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 8, 2019
Below is the statement:
We serve as counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University. Mr. Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive. The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.
Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession. Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her.
Ms. Watson was upset to learn that Mr. Fairfax raped at least one other woman after he attacked her. The details of Ms. Watson's attack are similar to those described by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character. She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.
On behalf of our client, we have notified Justin Fairfax through his attorneys that Ms. Watson hopes he will resign from public office.
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Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a fellow at Stanford University, an associate professor at Scripps College, and a founding member of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Survivor Speakers' Bureau, released a statement, detailing what she says was sexual assault by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.
Tyson said she was prompted by her lawyers to make a statement after a conservative website, Big League Politics, published one of her private Facebook posts where she vented about Fairfax.
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