On October 6th, after a long, hard-fought battle, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. However, there’s still vocal (and justified) anger over the appointment from many camps, and Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is among those still speaking out against Kavanaugh—and specifically, the members of the Republican party who are defending him.

As The Washington Post pointed out, several of Kavanaugh’s defenders, like Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Manchin, have said that they believe Ford was, in fact, assaulted by someone, but that she’s mistaken about the identity of her assailant. In a televised speech on October 5th, transcribed by Time, Senator Susan Collins echoed this notion. She reiterated her position in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union on October 7th.


In the same episode of State of the Union, Hirono fired back at Collins, explaining that her attitude is exactly why so many victims stay silence. “To say that she thinks that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, what is that? Is she mistaken?” Hirono told Bash.


Hirono also took issue with the Republican’s claim that Ford’s account of the incident has not been corroborated. The senator noted that Ford told the same story to multiple people and passed a polygraph test. And she pointed out that Kavanaugh’s claims had not been corroborated either.

As Hirono told Bash, claiming that you believe a victim believes a mistaken account is not the same as believing them.

This is the exact reason so many survivors stay silent, and the conservative politicians promoting this line of thinking should be ashamed of themselves.