Christine Blasey Ford And Brett Kavanaugh Hearing: 7 Key Moments You Should Know

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Old stories don’t always stay in past but sometimes your past has a way of catching up with you – especially if you’re a Supreme Court nominee.

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh appeared in front of senators to state their case and share their stories.

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee to serve on the US Supreme Court defended himself against allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a party more than 30 years ago.

So, Nexter.org sums up how it was and highlights key moments from the hearing.

Source: CNN

The moment when Ford swore to tell the truth and said she was “terrified” to be there

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

“He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy,” Ford said. “Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes.”

As she spoke, supporters, staffers and at least one senator, Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar, could be seen wiping away tears.

“I believed he was going to rape me,” Ford said, testifying that with Kavanaugh’s hand over her mouth during the alleged attack, “it was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”

Kavanaugh defenced emotionally and blamed Democrats

When the Kavanaugh’s turn came his speech was emotional and angry. He denied the allegations, allowed that Ford might have been assaulted, but insisted over and again that he was not at fault. Kavanaugh also accused Democrats of conspiring to scupper his nomination and pledged not to withdraw it.

“This has destroyed my family and my good name, a good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of the American government,” Kavanaugh said.

“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election.”

Kavanaugh began crying after talking about his 10-year-old daughter

Alyssa Milano’s face

Alyssa Milano, a leading figure in the #MeToo movement, was present at the hearing, and could be seen sitting behind Kavanaugh as he gave his opening statement.

“I felt like I needed to be here to show my solidarity for Dr. Ford,” Milano said on Thursday, according to ABC News. “On this day that will be very difficult for her.”

Photo of male Republicans sitting behind their female prosecutor that went viral

“We’re just a bunch of boys, hiding behind a lady, asking another lady why she wants to ruin the life of one of our boys”, here’s how one Twitter user described the picture.

When Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell first announced Mitchell’s role in Ford’s testimony, he called her a “female assistant.”

“We have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way,” he said.

Trump’s reaction

Ford inspired more women to share their stories

During the breaks, there were lots of calls from women who told their stories, spurring many others to open up and tweet their own stories and feelings, as well as supportive messages, comforting words, and thanking them for their bravery and vulnerability.

“If you are not listening to C-SPAN’s call in between the testimony, you’re missing America processing this, powerfully, at times tearfully, in real time,” tweeted Michael Barbaro, the host of the New York Times’ podcast, The Daily.


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