Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, left a vexing note for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford ahead of her scheduled testimony before the Committee on Thursday.
"Good luck Dr. Ford," the note from Grassley read. It was placed on the table where Ford will be seated during the hearing.
The ambiguous nature of the note has people scratching their heads on social media.
Could Grassley be trying to be supportive? A couple of people think so.
@ABC I think its his attempt to be welcoming ( I know, I know...), but it falls flat and shows how out of touch he… https://t.co/FIQlXTMyeo— 🚲Peter W Beadle🚲 (@🚲Peter W Beadle🚲)1537996188.0
@ABC I actually think he’s been pretty decent. I think he’s been walking a tightrope between McConnell & his oath to office.— Lola Seven (@Lola Seven)1537996962.0
Most, however, think it was highly inappropriate.
this is reportedly the handwriting of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) .. a note… https://t.co/FTGI2DdPMz— Bill Ritter (@Bill Ritter)1537994164.0
@ABC I’d send it back with “resign!”— Donna Cray (@Donna Cray)1537996102.0
@ABC That can be taken two different ways, hmmm?— Dee Kilroy (@Dee Kilroy)1537995615.0
@arniebear2 @ABC I was thinking the same thing - hard to know. Unnerving without sone indication of meaning.— Jen (@Jen)1537997213.0
@ABC Has that ever been done before? Why is he communicating with her before she addresses the entire committee?— Tori Griffin (@Tori Griffin)1537996425.0
Speculation over the meaning of the note is varying widely. Some see it as an attempt at intimidation.
@ABC Sounds like intimidating the witness to me— CaliBohoChic (@CaliBohoChic)1537995698.0
@ABC He's gonna play that game.... Use his position 2 intimidate, a day B4!— Brenda Hawkins (@Brenda Hawkins)1537996567.0
@ABC Epic Level Trolling.... ROFL!— Johnny Wishbone (@Johnny Wishbone)1537995501.0
@ABC I would not welcome that note if I were Dr. Ford; particularly given Grassley's statements since her letter an… https://t.co/PzwTHBJsE7— Enough Is Enough (@Enough Is Enough)1537996315.0
@ABC So he's taunting her. How very sophomoric.— Bryan ... though ⚽️🇺🇸🐍 (@Bryan ... though ⚽️🇺🇸🐍)1537995539.0
@billritter7 If this isn't fake then it's a pretty transparent attempt at intimidation and nothing less. I hope she… https://t.co/S9PH3EDtgg— Ohwell... Wow. Ok. (@Ohwell... Wow. Ok.)1537997296.0
@billritter7 Seems more like a threat— Kyle (@Kyle)1537994827.0
People want to know what "luck" has anything to do with the hearing, where Ford will testify under oath that she remembers Kavanaugh attempting to rape her at a high school party in the 1980's. Kavanaugh will also be offering his own sworn testimony.
The hearing is supposed to be fair and open, so "luck" shouldn't be a factor. The truth is what's important.
@ABC The truth needs no luck. It just is.— John Christensen (@John Christensen)1537996183.0
@ABC Why would she need "luck"? She's just there to tell the truth. Is Grassley aware of something bad that could… https://t.co/c7DzSXugge— Coup Anon (@Coup Anon)1537995547.0
@ABC wtf? luck? obviously he is not seeking the truth, this is crazy iinsane! #BelieveSurvivors— F T (@F T)1537995934.0
People are frustrated and confused.
@ABC Face it America. Kavanaugh will sit on the supreme Court just as McConnell said. These old white men don't… https://t.co/WfUpMXsEXC— Jacqueline Johnson (@Jacqueline Johnson)1537995818.0
@billritter7 @byrdinator Why. Why. Why.— East Coast Kojevian 🇦🇲 (@East Coast Kojevian 🇦🇲)1537994580.0
@billritter7 Why would @ChuckGrassley leave a note like this, which could be interpreted as sarcastic and even some… https://t.co/2KH0q1KcvW— Meowser (@Meowser)1537994960.0
“I feel like I have a definite responsibility to hold a hearing, not only for her but for Judge Kavanaugh,” Grassley told Reporters on Wednesday. “She's been waiting for ten days now to appear so why would we want to disadvantage her from doing what she offered to do a long time ago?”
That doesn't clear up anything, Senator.