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Republicans are painting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as theÂ realÂ victim for being credibly accused of sexual assault. And on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made the absurd suggestion that simply denying Kavanaugh the rare privilege of sitting on the Supreme Court would âruin [his] life.â
On Sunday morningâs edition of âFox News Sunday,â Graham joined other Republicans inÂ paying lip serviceÂ to giving a fair hearing to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school.
But later in that interview, host Chris Wallace asked Graham: âDo you have an open mind on this, and is there anything that Dr. Ford could say that would persuade you to vote against Kavanaughâs nomination, honestly?â
âI want to listen to her, but Iâm being honest with you and everybody else â what do you expect me to do?â Graham replied. âWhat am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guyâs life based on an accusation?â
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie similarly tried to paint Kavanaugh as the victim on SundayâsÂ editionÂ of âThis Week.â
Christie speculated that if Kavanaughâs nomination were to fail, his current position as an appeals court judge could be endangered.
âThis is a guy who is going to have his career and reputation stolen from him,â Christie said.
What Kavanaugh actually faces, though, pales in comparison to what survivors of sexual assault have to go through.
First of all, Kavanaugh runs very little risk of losing his current job as an appeals court judge. He would have to be impeached by the House, and then convicted by a two-thirds majority of the Senate â an extremely high bar, especially given how loyally most elected Republicans support him.
More realistically, Kavanaugh runs the âriskâ ofÂ notÂ being elevated to the highest court in the land by a Republican majority that hasÂ bent over backwardsÂ to bully his accuser.
He runs the âriskâ of not being allowed toÂ sit in judgmentÂ over womenâs reproductive freedom for the rest of his life.
Christine Blasey Ford, on the other hand, risked everything to come forward.
FordÂ toldÂ The Washington Post that she feared for her life during the violent assault she says Kavanaugh committed.
She was so traumatized by the attack that she didnât tell anyone about it until decades later, as contemporaneousÂ therapy notesÂ from 2012 and 2013 show.
On top of that trauma, Ford received death threats after she went public, which forced her and her familyÂ into hiding.
Now, Ford faces the prospect of reliving her trauma at a hearingÂ before the Senate Judiciary Committee onÂ ThursdayÂ â despite Republicansâ refusal to conductÂ an FBI investigation, or even toÂ call any other witnessesÂ besides Ford and Kavanaugh.
KavanaughâsÂ historically unpopularÂ Supreme Court nomination may, indeed, be in jeopardy. But the only lives that stand to be âruinedâ are Fordâs, and the millions of American women who will have to live with âÂ or die because ofÂ â Kavanaughâs regressive, anti-woman rulings.
Published with permission of The American Independent.Â