Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina does not believe women. He’d no doubt endlessly rant against you for asserting as much, but that’s what the facts of the situation boil down to, no matter what convoluted word salad he spews on the floor of the United States Senate.
Thursday night, he took his nonsense to Sean Hannity’s Fox show. That set-up would never be expected to produce something particularly forward-thinking, but what did result was still repugnant.
Hours after hearing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford tell her story of sexual abuse at U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hands, Graham ranted:
‘This is not about finding the truth between Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. This is about delaying the hearing and to get past the midterms, hope they pick up the Senate and denying this seat to be filled by Donald Trump. It’s not about the FBI. If you really wanted to know what the FBI thought about this, you would’ve come forward when you first knew about this. It’s certainly not about protecting Dr. Ford.’
Graham has asserted in his Senate Judiciary Committee rants that the “burden of proof” rests with Ford, because otherwise — to him — we rush down a national path towards some free-for-all without the rule of law. Yet, here — as he’s done other times — he finds it nothing to lob accusations for which he has no proof — which doesn’t even put him in the same category as Ford, because she has something.
It got worse.
He told Hannity:
‘Everything I believed I knew about Brett Kavanaugh, I am now more convinced than ever that he didn’t do it, that he’s the right guy to be on the court, that Ms. Ford has got a problem, and destroying Judge Kavanaugh’s life won’t fix her problem.’
Seriously? That’s Graham’s response to a victim of sexual assault — asserting that they’ve “got a problem”?
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Graham was confronted by an assault victim on Thursday, and he dismissed the individual’s assertions they should be listened to by saying they should go to the police. In reality, though, the majority of sexual assaults remain unreported because of a variety of issues including precisely the response Graham has staged. Victims don’t want to face those who claim they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they were assaulted, or else their claims are invalid, and so they stay quiet.
Lindsey Graham does not understand — either because of naivete or the much more probable option, unwillingness — the basics of the situation of the epidemic of sexual assault.
Instead of proving open to fully hearing out those who bring stories of victimhood forward, Graham has joined his colleagues in their efforts to conceal the truth because “politics.”
They’re completely disconnecting themselves from reality in the process. In their world, Democrats have staged a political coup by wanting to hear assault victims out; addressing the left, Graham ranted to Hannity:
‘I would never have done this to one of your nominees. You should be ashamed.’
The thing is, though, his party did worse to President Barack Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. They refused to ever even hold a hearing on his nomination.
Now, they’re the persecuted ones.
What a disgrace.
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