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Friday, September 28, 2018

Senator Jeff Flake just told us Christine Blasey Ford is either a liar or an idiot

By Laurie Roberts
Columnist
Arizona Republic
Sept. 28, 2018
 
Sen. Jeff Flake on Friday declared that Christine Blasey Ford is either a liar or so addle-brained that she doesn’t know who pinned her to a bed, groping and grinding away as his buddy looked on laughing. 

Flake was the first senator to say he was wanted to hear from the woman who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually attacked her when the two were teens.

"If they push forward without any attempt with hearing what she's had to say, I'm not comfortable voting yes," Flake said last week, shortly after Ford came forward. "We need to hear from her. And I don't think I'm alone in this.”

Compelling, but not deal-killing, testimony

Flake was the senator who earlier this week delivered an impassioned speech, defending her right to speak.

“I do not believe that a claim of sexual assault is invalid because a 15-year-old girl didn’t promptly report the assault to the authorities, as the President of the United States said just two days ago. How uninformed and uncaring do you have to be to say things like that, much less believe them? Do we have any idea what kind of message that sends, especially to young women? How many times do we have to marginalize and ignore women before we learn that important lesson?”


“We heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh," he said."I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.

“What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law.”

This is what investigations are for

Our system of justice does, indeed, afford a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
That’s what investigations are for.

Or, in this case, not.

Flake, in announcing that he’ll vote yes to confirm Kavanaugh, just issued a big ol’ shove to women across the country who until recently suffered in silence – the ones who thought #MeToo meant finally that things were changing. The ones who finally stood up for themselves.

And just got knocked down, dismissed. 

Flake has no idea who is telling the truth here. Neither do I. Neither do you.

But apparently, he has no interest in finding out whether Ford – and two other women who have now come forward – are telling the truth.

Me? I’m wondering what the purpose was in hearing from Ford at all if Flake never had any real interest in checking out her story?

In voting to hand Brett Kavanaugh a seat on the United States Supreme Court without a serious investigation into what happened here, Flake is saying that Christine Blasey Ford is either a pathological liar or an idiot.

Or worse, he believes her and it Just. Doesn’t. Matter. 

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