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Friday, September 21, 2018

No Wonder Christine Ford Feared Right-Wing Smear Machine

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

On September 16, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her account publicly for the first time in The Washington Post, saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, covered her mouth with his hand, and attempted to take off her clothing when they were both in high school. She had begun the process of coming forward in July and struggled with the decision, weighing a likely public “annihilation” against what she felt was her duty as a citizen. Unfortunately, she was right to be worried.

In the three days since Ford attached her name and face to her account of sexual assault by Kavanaugh, she has been subjected to a repertoire of horrors that our patriarchal society seems to reserve for women who dare to speak up.…

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The Disturbed Worldview Of Kavanaugh Buddy Mark Judge

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››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON & CRISTINA LóPEZ G.

 

According to Christine Blasey Ford, when she was 15, a “stumbling drunk” Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party while his classmate Mark Judge was in the room. Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the incident occurred, with Judge telling the conservative Weekly Standard, “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.” Judge is the author of a memoir in which he described himself as an alcoholic who was often drunk to the point of blacking out during high school. He went on to become a conservative commentator who has promoted disturbing views about women and offered racist and anti-gay commentary.…

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Acting ICE Chief Addresses Anti-Immigrant ‘Hate Group’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Trump has moved the Republican Party away from dog-whistle racism, preferring instead to be openly hostile toward immigrants and non-white people in general.

And Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is following Trump’s lead by attending an annual media event sponsored by an anti-immigrant hate group.

Vitiello attended the “Holding Their Feet to the Fire” media event hosted by FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has designated as an anti-immigrant hate group.

FAIR’s leaders have ties to white supremacists, and their ads have been rejected in the past for being racist.…

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