The Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday means one-third of the men on the nation’s highest court stand accused of sexual misconduct, as noted by HuffPost.
> The Senate voted to give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the country on Saturday, despite misconduct allegations from multiple women. Most prominently, professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, locking her in a room and pinning her down on a bed.
> Kavanaugh joins Clarence Thomas, who has been on the bench since 1991. He is there even though Anita Hill testified that he sexually harassed her while she worked for him. In 2016, another woman spoke out and said Thomas had groped her at a formal dinner party in 1999.
Executive director of the progressive group UltraViolet Shauna Thomas lamented that “the Supreme Court will become yet another tarnished institution, where women will not feel like they can get a fair hearing.”
> “The fact that our culture and politics silences and shames survivors while elevating abusers to positions of power and prestige FOR LIFE is exactly why women are so damn angry,” she added in an email.
> Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who was nevertheless often a key swing vote on issues such as women’s reproductive rights. The right wing on the court now has a solid majority for years to come, with the ability to put its stamp on matters like abortion, equal pay and discrimination. And it will be anchored by two men who have been accused of mistreating women.
NARAL Pro-Choice America spokeswoman Kaylie Hanson told HuffPost that Republicans “are not, and never were, interested in the truth about Brett Kavanaugh’s history of sexual assault and lying.”
> “They make excuses for, or defend, powerful and abusive men if it means gaining an opportunity to force their ideology on all of us. We saw that with Clarence Thomas, too. Republicans want to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, repeal the Affordable Care Act, roll back LGBTQ rights, and decimate the Voting Rights Act and Affirmative Action.”