Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.
The Republican Party has been waging a despicable smear campaign against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were in high school.
But to Trump, the ugly attacks on Ford are a great sign of respect. Not that Trump â who has admitted to sexually assaulting women andÂ even suggestedÂ âSecond Amendment peopleâ could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial appointments if she became president â has any idea what respect for women looks like.
âI think the SenateÂ Republicans couldnât be nicerÂ in the way theyâre handlingÂ this,â Trump told reporters Wednesday. âThey could have pushed itÂ through two and a half weeks agoÂ and you would not be talkingÂ about it now, which is franklyÂ what I would have preferred.â
That, unsurprisingly, contradicts what Trump has been claiming since Ford went public with her very credible allegation against Kavanaugh. He, like Senate Republicans, have said they want Ford to have the opportunity to tell her story.
But Republicans are setting up aÂ sham hearing, refusing to listen to any witnesses or conduct a thorough investigation. And they have already said they intend to hold a vote on Kavanaugh to confirm him, regardless of what comes out in the hearing.
Now Trump isnât even bothering to hide his impatience with the whole process. But heâs still lauding Republicans, who have said Ford is âmistakenâ and even part of a nefarious Democratic plot.
âThe Republicans could not beÂ nicer, could not be moreÂ respectful to the process,Â certainly could not be moreÂ respectful to the woman and Iâm OK with that,â Trump added. As if treating a woman who says she was a victim of violent sexual assault with respect is some kind of above-and-beyond generosity on the part of Republicans â and on the part of Trump, for being âOKâ with it.
Trump has been even more vicious toward Deborah Ramirez, theÂ second womanÂ to come forward with serious allegations against Kavanaugh. Ramirez says Kavanaugh shoved his penis in her face when they were at a party at Yale University. KavanaughâsÂ own roommateÂ from Yale says he believes Ramirez.
That hasnât stopped TrumpÂ from attacking Ramirez, saying she was âall messed upâ and âtotally inebriatedâ and therefore her allegations are nothing more than a âcon gameâ on the part of Democrats.
Republicans have handled the entire matter with a grotesqueÂ lackÂ of respect.
They have made it perfectly clear that they do not take sexual assault seriously. Several Republicans inÂ CongressÂ â includingÂ Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, a member of the Judiciary Committee â have said that even if the allegationsÂ areÂ true, they donât care. They are OK with putting an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court.
There is nothing respectful â to the women who say Kavanaugh assaulted them, certainly, or to all of the women in this country who have survived sexual assault â about that.
Published with permission of The American Independent.