‘Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., praised Christine Blasey Ford—the California professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault while they were in high school—for her “courage” in bringing her “story” to the nation’s attention.
Blasey Ford was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” this week.
She publicly testified before Congress in September, alleging without corroborating evidence that Kavanaugh groped her.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations and was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in October.
“Christine Blasey Ford’s ambition wasn’t to become a household name or make it onto this list,” Harris wrote in a testament for Time’s feature. “She had a good life and a successful career—and risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence.”
Harris said Blasey Ford’s “courage, in the face of those wished to silence her, galvanized Americans” and her “unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence.”
Kavanaugh was also named one of Time’s most influential people.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wrote the tribute to Kavanaugh, praising his dedication to his family, the courts and, most importantly, the truth.
“When unhinged partisanship and special interests sought to distract the Senate from considering those qualifications, we saw other facets of Justice Kavanaugh’s character shine forth as well,” McConnell wrote.
Harris claimed Blasey Ford “risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence,” though she failed to support her allegations with concrete evidence.
Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was one of several Democratic senators who walked out of the Senate when the committee concluded there wasn’t substantial evidence and voted to further Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country,” Harris wrote.