Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has continued her reign as one of the most hypocritical alleged feminists in all of politics.
During a recent interview with radio host Evan Dawson, Gillibrand was asked about the differences between the allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and those against de facto Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Gillibrand offered an answer full of misrepresentations about the allegations against Kavanaugh.
“There were multiple allegations against Brett Kavanaugh in various circumstances. Not only Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations but several from his college days. Um, there was a similarity in the multiple allegations against him,” she told Dawson, who hosts a program called “Connections.” “Um, and he had a terrible record on supporting women and I opposed him based on his actual record and I did not believe his statements and so I think they’re very different. Also, Brett Kavanaugh was a Supreme Court Justice nominee for a lifetime appointment and my responsibility was to vote up or down and I voted against him on the merits of him not being qualified for that job.”
That’s a lot to unpack. There were multiple allegations against Kavanaugh, but they were all dubious. Some were flat out false. Ford couldn’t even remember the year the alleged sexual assault happened. She said she was in high school at the time, so it should have been easy to narrow down the year, yet she never could, alternating between the mid 80s to the early 80s. The people she named as being witnesses either couldn’t recall the event or denied it ever happened. Her own best friend said she couldn’t remember ever meeting Kavanaugh. Ford and her legal team then set the media on the old friend, accusing her of mental problems.
And there were not “several” allegations from Kavanaugh’s college days. There was one, which was also dubious. The woman didn’t even come to believe Kavanaugh was the one who exposed his penis to her at a dorm-room party until after she talked to Democrat lawyers. Another allegation from Kavanaugh’s college days came not from someone claiming to be a victim, but someone who claimed to have seen someone else push Kavanaugh’s penis toward a woman. That woman said she didn’t recall any such event.
There was also no similarity in the allegations. Gillibrand is an attorney, she should know what it takes for allegations to be considered similar. One allegation alleged Kavanaugh pushed a woman on a bed and groped her. Another said he dropped his pants and exposed his penis to a woman. Another said his penis was put into another woman’s hand by a third party. One of the false accusations said he organized teenage gang-rape parties. Another false accusation said he raped someone in a van.
Gillibrand’s claim about Kavanaugh not supporting women is purely political. He doesn’t support women the way she thinks he should, but her statement also makes it seem like it’s okay to sexually assault women so long as you adequately “support” them in their career. This applies to her endorsement of Biden. He may have been accused, but he’s passed policies that Gillibrand likes, so he can’t possibly be guilty. Never mind the fact there’s actual evidence that Biden met his accuser while there is exactly zero evidence Kavanaugh ever met Ford.
Gillibrand then claimed she actually voted against Kavanaugh because she didn’t think he was qualified for the job, but here’s what she said during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing:
“Do we value women in this country? Do we listen to women when they tell us about sexual trauma? Do we listen to their stories about how their lives have been forever scarred? Do we take their claims seriously? Or do we just disbelieve them as a matter of course?”
Of course, Gillibrand only meant those words as they applied to Kavanaugh, as Lara Trump – wife of President Donald Trump’s son Eric – noted, the New York senator now thinks differently.
“She has come forward, she has spoken, and they have done an investigation in several outlets. Those investigations, Vice President Biden has called for himself,” Gillibrand said. “Vice President Biden has vehemently denied these allegations and I support Vice President Biden.”
Gillibrand was next asked about policies from the Department of Education that would provide college students with basic due process protections in cases of alleged sexual misconduct.
Naturally, Gillibrand trashed the policies, instantly going back to favoring allegations over evidence.
“Well, I think Betsy DeVos has been a disastrous Secretary of Education and she has intended since the minute she had that position to roll back protections for students on campus and to roll back Title IX protections. She has undermined the ability for anyone to get fair justice or a fair review on any college campus and I think it’s a big mistake. Um, so I look forward to when Betsy DeVos is no longer our Ed. Secretary,” Gillibrand said.
More to unpack.
First, DeVos didn’t enter the position wanting to “roll back protections.” She learned of the due process problems after she was confirmed and was so moved by the issue that she decided to act. She listened to accusers and accused students and determined the current policies on campus are inadequate. Gillibrand and her ilk claim that these policies “roll back protections” but they don’t. They add constitutional protections for accused students that were missing in the ”believe women” movement adopted by college campuses. Giving accused students the ability to see the evidence against them and cross-examine their accuser and witnesses – basic tenants of the American justice system – does not “roll back protections” for accusers.
It is Gillibrand who “undermined the ability for anyone to get fair justice or a fair review” in these cases. She nurtured a culture where women were told to believe that non-criminal activity amounted to sexual assault and to see themselves as victims. She made sure colleges ignored due process and evidence of innocence out of fear they would receive an onslaught of negative publicity if they didn’t throw out an accused student. Look at the case of “Mattress Girl” Emma Sulkowitz, who had no evidence to support her claims of rape and actually had evidence to the contrary – that the sex was consensual – yet became a national heroine to the media for claiming her “rapist” wasn’t removed from campus.
Accused students couldn’t get “fair justice or a fair review” when colleges actively dismissed exculpatory evidence and allowed accusers to avoid having to produce evidence of their claims. In the end, findings of responsibility ended up not being believed – something that harmed accusers as well.
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