Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona is not happy with the way that President Trump—along with other members of the GOP—have treated Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“I don’t believe that Dr. Ford is part of some vast conspiracy from start to finish to smear Judge Kavanaugh, as has been alleged by some on the right,” Flake said.
Last week, President Trump came under fire for saying that “if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says,” she would have promptly reported it to the police. Flake chastised the president for his remarks.
Civics Lesson: The Anita Hill Hearings
In 1991, Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Hill, who was a law professor at the time, testified before an all-male committee. Despite these allegations, Thomas was still appointed to the Supreme Court.
Photo: Anita Hill testifies before Congress on October 11, 1991. Source: Rob Crandall / Shutterstock
“I must also say that separate and apart from this nomination and the facts that pertain to it, I do not believe that the claim of sexual assault is invalid because a 15-year-old girl didn’t promptly report the assault to the authorities,” Flake asserted.
He added, “How uninformed and uncaring do we have to be to say things like that, much less believe them? Do we have any idea what kind of message that sends, especially to young women? How many times do we have to marginalize and ignore women before we learn that important lesson?”
Flake is among a handful of Republican senators who have yet to make up their minds on the Kavanaugh matter. The others are Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
“I say to all of my colleagues: For this process to be a process, we have to have open minds,” Flake emphasized. “We must listen. We must do our best; seek the truth, in good faith. That is our only duty.”