Sexual assault survivors have confronted numerous elected officials in the wake of allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the public testimony of his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
But not all lawmakers have had the fortitude to speak with these women face-to-face: Senator David Perdue (R-GA) ducked into a men’s restroom to escape three survivors asking if he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
> On Monday, three women approached Republican senator David Perdue of Georgia at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., asking whether he would vote to approve Kavanaugh. One informed him she was a sexual-assault survivor; another asked him about the millions of women who have come out about their own experiences: “You don’t feel like you have to answer any questions to people who have come out about their sexual assaults?”
> The three women — sexual-assault survivors Patti Serrano and Jennifer Epps-Addison, of the Center for Popular Democracy advocacy group, along with Arizona State Representative Isela Blanc — also asked Perdue whether he supports a full FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
> Perdue ignored the women, even pushing one — she can be heard saying “Don’t push me” on the escalator — before literally dodging them to hide in the men’s bathroom. When the survivors tried to introduce themselves and shake his hand, Perdue said, “Don’t touch me.”