Kavanaugh's Senate Hearing: Moment or Movement?

BY EMILY KARANDY

Last Thursday, the entire nation was held in suspense by the Senate Committee Hearings in regard to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against him. Both testimonials had a lot of emotion to unpack and irrefutably triggered citizens, no matter what side they were on.

 PHOTO: Tom Williams / Reuters

PHOTO: Tom Williams / Reuters


Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell announced just last night that a preliminary vote on the FBI Investigation will take place this Friday, just one week after Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's long awaited decision called for an FBI Investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.

What is just under a week has felt like years before the Senate decides on a nomination that will affect the Court and the United States for the next 50 years. I decided to ask people their thoughts and reactions after hearing testimonies from both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. Most importantly, I asked them: "What happens next?"

To have an unstable man go on a rampage in front of Congress and still be eligible to serve in the highest court of the land is despicable and embarrassing. Whether he gets confirmed or not, it doesn’t matter anymore. The real constitutional crisis is our government and citizens choosing party and power, over justice and morality. It was a blood stain in the constitution that we will never be able to remove.
— Juan, 21
It’s really overwhelming to watch something so important to the future of women unfold on national television at the hands of men. It’s frustrating, and nerving and enranging, and it shouldn’t be. I felt all of this when I was watching this “job interview” unfold and how the outcome of this decision could overturn a landmark decision that offers women to choose what do with their body. It’s disappointing to see this. It’s frustrating know that we are still stuck in this moment of not acknowledging a woman and her voice.
— Lauren, 21

According to the other side of the isle, it seems as though the Democrats are the ones to blame:

Judge Kavanaugh came in hot. He mainly accused the Democrats of leaking this information because Dr. Ford didn’t want it public in the first place. I think he [Judge Kavanaugh] really went after a lot of senators. Dr. Ford’s story might be true, but she didn’t seem too convincing. We’re talking about high school here. I think Judge Kavanaugh will be appointed to the Supreme Court. President Trump nominated Kavanaugh and then this news comes out. Why now? I think she has someone telling her to speak up against this man. She could have been assaulted, but from my opinion, I think he’s innocent.
— Erin, 22

For some, it was a reminder that history often repeats itself:

Watching the hearing regarding Dr Ford’s sexual assault left me speechless. I could not believe what I was witnessing. It is so disgusting that we still try to persecute the victim. It is so hard for me to comprehend how they have the audacity to ask why the victim didn’t report it sooner, or why can’t the victim remember certain details. It reminded me of Anita Hill, and how she came forward only to be disrespected and pushed aside as if her truth had no value. As a result we ended up with a sexual predator on the highest court in the land, and it’s about to happen again. When will they stop trying to silence our voices?
— Sue, 51

While many have begun to question the workings of democracy in our country, others attest that this moment in history could start a landmark movement:

I wish that we could live together with one another with different opinions, but the extreme opinions that people are expressing now has made it easier for me to pick the people I associate myself with. The same with people who are saying you can’t cast someone’s fate, or say they’re guilty outside of court, are blatantly hypocritical. A man is accused of a sexual crime and because he wears a red time he’s innocent and the victims coming forward are liars. This goes far beyond “innocent until proven guilty.” There’s a great divide in this country, we are split now more than ever. It may be radical, but I welcome it.
— Trent, 21

If we have learned anything, it is that this confirmation hearing has stained the fabric of American history. Tomorrow it is up to key Senate Republicans to decide how we will write history. Whatever the outcome, a movement is stirring, and this is just the beginning.

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