Many Democrats declared that they would not be voting for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, even before allegations of sexual assault surfaced.
Those allegations are playing out dramatically in the public arena, with a potential hearing set for next week. Kavanaugh categorically denies the allegations. However, multiple high-level leadership Democrats have already said they believe Kavanaugh’s accuser — even before the hearing.
The media monitoring site Grabien compiled a montage of national Democrats affirming the account of Kavanaugh’s accuser, including:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: “I believe her because she is telling the truth and you know it by her story.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth: “Well, I have heard, you know, many, many predators say and refute allegations against them.”
CNN contributor Symone Sanders: “For me there is no debate. I believe Professor Ford. Judge Kavanaugh has lied multiple times under oath.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono: “I believe Dr. Ford as I refer to her because she makes a very credible case. It is really difficult for someone to come forward in this way. Why should she destroy her life? Already there are efforts to cast aspersions on her credibility, to look into her family, all of that. This is really very much like what happened with Anita Hill where she was vilified, she was called names. This cannot happen to Dr. Ford.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal: “Let me just say right at the outset I believe. Dr Ford, I believe the survivor here, there’s every reason to believe her. She has come forward courageously and bravely knowing that she would face a nightmare of hostile and vicious scrutiny and challenge. And there are plenty of reasons to disbelieve Judge Kavanaugh after his evasive and seemingly misleading testimony before the Judiciary Committee.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer: “I believe Professor Ford. I think she’s credible and I think when the investigation is finished and when she testifies and Judge Kavanaugh testifies, I think a majority of senators will find her credible.”