Time’s Up released a powerful video calling on Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination
Today, September 27th, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the professor accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying in a Senate hearing. Hours before the hearing began, the Time’s Up movement released a video calling on Kavanaugh to withdraw himself from consideration for the Supreme Court.
In the video, posted on September 26th, women address Kavanaugh one by one in the form of a letter.
"We call on you to withdraw, not as a declaration of guilt or innocence but as a declaration that the sanctity, legitimacy, integrity of the highest court in the land are more important than any one man or one man's ambitions," they say. "We the people demand a Supreme Court justice without allegations of sexual assault or perjury because the safety and dignity of women is no longer secondary to the needs of powerful men."
The Time’s Up movement has pushed for Kavanaugh’s withdrawal since the sexual assault accusations against him first emerged. The organization instigated a nationwide walkout on September 24th to protest his nomination.
Time’s Up also issued a statement on September 17th opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination.
"A man who could be our next U.S. Supreme Court Justice has been accused of sexual assault," the statement read. "There is no path forward for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination until those credible and serious allegations have been investigated."
Kavanaugh has categorically denied all sexual assault allegations against him. In his opening statement in today’s hearing, published by NPR, he referred to the accusations as “last-minute smears, pure and simple” and wrote that he “will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.”
The Senate hearing today will help determine whether or not Kavanaugh gets appointed to the Supreme Court. We hope that Ford—and all of Kavanaugh’s accusors—are taken seriously and treated fairly.
You can view a live update of the September 27th hearing here.