Sign if you agree: Senate Republicans need to stop trying to give a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court to an accused sexual predator

Tell Senate Republicans: No sexual predator on the Supreme Court

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"The credible allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh disqualify him from a seat on a Supreme Court where he could be the deciding vote on issues affecting women's rights and women's freedom. Stop trying to jam through his confirmation."

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Dear 5849376,

Tell Senate Republicans: No sexual predator on the Supreme Court

Senate Republicans need to stop trying to give a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court to an accused sexual predator.

Multiple women have now come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.1,2

Last week, Donald Trump and Republican senators proved over and over that they care more about helping men escape consequences for sexual harassment and assault than about making sure a liar and potential sexual predator isn't confirmed to the Supreme Court. We have to push back now.

Tell Senate Republicans: Stop trying to jam through the confirmation of an accused sexual predator to the Supreme Court. Click here to sign the petition.

Republicans have been playing dirty when it comes to Kavanaugh for weeks. They fought against releasing hundreds of thousands of pages from his time in the Bush White House, many of which could give crucial insight into his character. One set of emails released by Senate Democrats deals with a 2001 "male bonding" trip. The emails include a racist joke about sexual massage and warnings about maintaining strict confidentiality, "including with spouses."3

It is clear that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee knew about – and prepared for the fallout from – Blasey Ford's allegations. They tried to blame Sen. Dianne Feinstein for not sharing Blasey Ford's confidential constituent letter with them, but Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley was somehow ready with a letter signed by 65 women who allegedly knew Kavanaugh in high school and were ready to vouch for his character.4

Last week, as New Yorker staff prepared their article about Ramirez's allegations, they spoke with senior Republican staffers who "expressed concern about [the allegation's] potential impact on Kavanaugh's nomination. Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote."5 On Thursday, though he likely knew about Ramirez's allegations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Christian conservatives at the Value Voters Summit: "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court… Don't get rattled by all of this. We're going to plow right through it and do our job."6

It is outrageous that Senate Republicans are trying to rush forward with Kavanaugh's confirmation while new information continues to be revealed about his past sexual misconduct – especially given that Kavanaugh's denials of the allegations are meaningless in light of his well-documented perjury before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Their refusal to slow things down in the face of survivors' courage proves yet again that the Republican Party is willing to ignore, demonize and undermine women in service of partisan gain. Those of us who believe these brave survivors must have their backs now in any way we can, including by putting massive pressure on Senate Republicans. Can you add your name today?

Tell Senate Republicans: Stop trying to jam through the confirmation of an accused sexual predator to the Supreme Court. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Kavanaugh_SexualAssault?t=7&akid=30172%2E3291973%2ENemcFq

Thank you for speaking out,

Heidi Hess, Co-Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, "And now there are two accusers: Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh's College Years," The New Yorker, Sept. 24, 2018.
  2. Brian Karem, "Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh faces more allegations," The Sentinel, Sept. 24, 2018.
  3. Amanda Terkel and Paul Blumenthal, "Here's Another Brett Kavanaugh Email Republicans Didn't Want You To See," HuffPost, Sept. 6, 2018.
  4. Tara Golshan, "65 women who knew Brett Kavanaugh in high school defend his character," Vox, Sept. 14, 2018.
  5. Farrow and Mayer, "And now there are two accusers: Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh's College Years."
  6. Eliza Collins, "McConnell: We're going to 'plow right through' and get Kavanaugh confirmed despite assault allegation," USA Today, Sept. 21, 2018.

photo: Tom Williams/ Getty Images


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