Reactions to Kavanaugh Confirmation
Once Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday with a 50-48 vote, reactions from both those who opposed and supported his nomination flooded social media.
Every step of Kavanaugh’s nomination process was contentious, though, triggering public protests and a distinct political party divide. All the Republican senators except one, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), voted for him. Every Democrat except one, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), voted against him.
Social media was just as divided as the Senate with celebrities sounding off, mainly sharing their disapproval or disappointment.
“This tweet is for Dr. Ford. You put yourself through so much and I want you to know it wasn’t in vain. You started a movement and we’ll see it through. If they won’t listen to our voices, then they’ll listen to our vote.”
“Kavanaugh moves it much, much further to the right. It has completely lost touch with the values of majority of Americans. And now its legitimacy is shot.”
“I’ve been on a plane all morning. Just landed. Trying to make it home. Feel like I want to scream. And rage. And cry. I usually slip in and out of airports easily. Today, 3 different people come up to me – and gave me fuel. This just happened. First was a white man. Early 30s…
Both reaching for our bags in the overhead he said: “I’m not usually this guy, but please keep doing what you do. We need to hear voices like yours. And I need to listen.” I could feel his heart. Grappling with the moment in his own skin. We spoke for a bit and then deplaned.
The second person was Latina. I’m walking through the terminal. She was young. Early 20s. She just walked right in front of me. And stopped. With tears in her eyes. All I could do was hug her and try to hold in my own. She just whispered thank you. I thanked her too. We parted.
Last was a white woman with an accent from somewhere far away. Early 40s. She said I’m sorry to disturb you on a day like this. I said something I’ve never said to a stranger. I said: I want to cry. She looked back at me and said: “Me too.” Our eyes both welled up. And we did.”
On Thursday, Sept. 27th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that in 1982, Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, allegedly pinned her on a bed, groped her, tried to remove her clothes, and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. She testified that the only reason she escaped was because they fell off the bed, and she was then able to run out the room. Two other women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him from during their college years.
After a week-long FBI investigation, the Republican majority in the Senate voted to advance his nomination on Friday. Many opponents had hoped that either Susan Collins (R-Maine) or Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) would provide a “no” vote, as they sought more information before making a decision.
Sen. Collins delivered a 40-minute speech on the Senate floor explaining her decision to support Kavanaugh. Since announcement of his nomination on July 9th, Collins said in her speech, “we have seen special interest groups whip their followers into a frenzy by spreading misrepresentations and outright falsehoods about Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial record. Over-the-top rhetoric and distortions of his record and testimony at his first hearing produced short-lived headlines which, although debunked hours later, continue to live on and be spread through social media. Interest groups have also spent an unprecedented amount of dark money opposing this nomination.”
Collins support of his nomination was a bitter pill for some women who saw it as an act of betrayal against Dr. Ford, as well as other sexual assault victims in general. MSNBC host Joy Reid, in fact, called her “the biggest fraud of the Me Too era.”
Bette Middler went a bit further, perhaps too far, calling women “the n-word of the world.” The reference to a 1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono song was part of a since-deleted tweet.
She went on to apologize the next day, posting, “The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me. Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black. I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.”
Actvisits have already raised more than $3 million to defeat Collins in 2020. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh was sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice on Saturday evening.