Sen. Hirono rightfully called out Sen. Collins’ Remarks On Dr. Ford
At least some of our nation’s senators aren’t failing us this week. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) called out Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for insulting survivors of sexual assault with her comments about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony on her alleged sexual attack by Brett Kavanaugh.
Collins told media outlets that while she believes Ford was assaulted she doesn’t trust the woman to know who assaulted her. “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant,” the Maine Republican told CNN. “I do believe that she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom. I’m not certain when,” she added.
You know who knows, Collins? Ford. That’s why she risked her safety, her family’s safety, and her own sanity to testify. Because unlike you, she actually cares about who’s appointed to the highest court in the country and what that means for millions of Americans. The nerve Collins has to claim Ford remembers the attack but not the person who carried it out is beyond comprehension. Especially considering Ford is just one of many women Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted.
Hirono called out Collins’ saying: “She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account.” Ford testified that she was “100 percent” certain Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party. Hirono went on to share how she and most of the nation felt after Ford’s testimony: we believe her.
She then highlighted how cruel it was for Collins to support Kavanaugh when sexual assault survivors have been sharing their stories with Collins and other senators. “[Collins] said herself said that she’s heard from so many survivors from her state and elsewhere. All of us have been hearing stories and accounts from survivors going back many, many years where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves,” Hirono explained.
Collins also claimed that there wasn’t corroboration of Ford’s accusations, which Hirono pointed out is false. “She had talked about this assault to her husband, to others, before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court,” the senator shared. “She took a lie detector test. Corroboration was there.”
Apparently, Collins doesn’t have any issues with lying on national television, which isn’t surprising considering she voted for Kavanaugh, who lied during his testimony. Her interview on Sunday was her way of defending the indefensible – voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Sadly, for Collins, voters only care about what she did, which is why millions of dollars have been raised for the democrat who challenges her in 2020.
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