Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono tied Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s credibility as a witness to his stance on women’s reproductive issues during a segment Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
Hirono was responding to an editorial, published in the Wall Street Journal, which suggested that the situation regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford was damaging the U.S. justice system.
Tapper quoted the piece as saying, “Sexual allegations should be accepted as true merely by having been made. The accuser is presumably telling the truth because the accuser is a woman. This turns American justice and due process upside down.” He then turned the question to Hirono: “What’s your response?”
The Hawaiian Senator responded by saying that if the WSJ actually cared about due process, they would be pushing for an investigation. “For The Wall Street Journal to come out and talk to me about due process or all the women out there that I’m hearing about that never came forward,” she said, “it is really important, not only for these survivors to be heard, but if their stories are as credible as Dr. Ford’s story is, they need to be believed.”
Tapper challenged Hirono, pointing out the fact that so far four of the five people Ford has named as being at that party — the fifth being Ford herself — have come forward and denied that such a party ever even happened.
Ignoring the other three witnesses who have denied the party occurred, Hirono focussed on Kavanaugh. She blamed his “ideological agenda,” saying that to her he was not credible because she viewed his denial in the context of the way he handles cases.
“This is a person that will be sitting on our Supreme Court, making decisions that will impact women’s reproductive choice,” she said. “He very much is against women’s reproductive choice.”
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