Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
WASHINGTON — Dr. Christine Blasey Ford did the nation a profound service with her brave, compelling and honest testimony today. No one will ever forget her recollection of the way Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge laughed at victimizing and terrorizing a 15-year old girl.
The contrast with Brett Kavanaugh’s smug, imperious and contrived image as a misunderstood choir boy could not have been more stark—or more disturbing. While Dr. Blasey Ford showed thoughtfulness in her answers, Kavanaugh showed blatant disrespect – especially to the female senators, whom he frequently interrupted. Brett Kavanaugh not only showed no remorse for his actions but no understanding of their consequences. He politicized the hearing and parroted Donald Trump’s attack lines. But he still refused to call for an FBI investigation or to call additional witnesses like Mark Judge.
Brett Kavanaugh is demonstrably unfit to be on the Supreme Court. He was unfit BEFORE the allegations of sexual assault and continues to be unfit today. In addition, he is equally unfit to continue to serve on the U.S. District Court of Appeals. Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination and step down from the federal bench. Enough is enough.
Brittany T. Oliver, email@example.com, 202-628-8669