This video of a sexual assault survivor confronting Senator Jeff Flake will break your heart
It’s been less than 24 hours since the September 27th hearing in which Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified about the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged sexual assault. But already, the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on whether or not to proceed with Kavanaugh’s appointment. Some, like Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, have already announced their intentions to vote for Kavanaugh despite the sexual assault allegations against him.
According to CNN, the Judiciary Committee will vote this afternoon, September 28th, on whether or not to recommend Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. And Flake, who CNN notes was once considered a Republican swing vote, announced this morning that he will vote “yes” on the embattled nominee. He plans to retire from the Senate in January 2019.
After Flake made his decision known, CNN captured a video of one woman, who said she was a sexual assault survivor, confronting the senator in tears.
Flake looked uncomfortable and tried to look away, but she called him out.
According to The New York Times, Flake’s decision means that Kavanaugh’s nomination will have enough votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee to move on to the full Senate. If a majority of senators (51) vote for Kavanaugh in the full Senate, he will be confirmed. ABC News reports that Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, Republicans, are still undecided about whether they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
As the Judiciary Committee’s vote approaches, we’ll be watching for updates in the Kavanaugh case. During this difficult time, we stand with all survivors of sexual assault and abuse.