So, research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford is on TV, and she’s testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the world about teenage boys and sexual assault and PTSD and therapy, and I can’t help but think that we’re in this sordid mess because of women who look just like her.
Although Ford, according to reports, is a registered Democrat, she is part of a demographic that convincingly and inexplicably voted for Donald Trump.
As easy, convenient and desirable as it is to forget, 53% of white women who voted in 2016 pulled a lever or pushed a button for Trump, and America — and all its women — are paying a heavy price.
This happened despite everything we knew about Trump, from the “grab ‘em by the p—y” tape to his stated belief that women who have abortions should face some kind of punishment.
So, is it any surprise that Trump, who has his own sexual harassment accusers — one report puts the number at more than a dozen — would turn a blind eye to sexual assault allegations that dog Brett Kavanaugh, the President’s nominee to the highest court in the land?
No. In fact, Trump has ratcheted up the rhetoric, attacking Ford for not reporting earlier her claim that Kavanaugh and another teenage boy tried to rape her at a friend’s house.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The President’s own son, Donald Jr., even mocked Ford’s fear of flying.
“I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. “Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.”
Truer words were never tweeted. He is not a psychology professor.
But Ford is, yet even all her psychological training — two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D in educational psychology — could not spare her from a life of torment in the years since the alleged attack.
And, who’s the victim here?
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” Trump tweeted after the emotional hearing that left the process begging for an FBI investigation. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
And, vote the committee did Friday — with a weak call for an FBI investigation before the full Senate votes. And spare me the talk about a privileged judge’s ruined life. He’s not going to jail. He’ll probably be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, thanks to all the men and women who stayed home or voted for Trump.
Even if by some miracle, the Senate does not confirm Kavanaugh, he still has a prestigious seat on the United States Court of Appeals. It’s like getting to the Super Bowl, and never winning the big one.