Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have upended a confirmation that seemed all but inevitable. As is unfortunately the case when many sexual assault victims come forward, Ford is now facing extreme backlash and vilification, primarily by men.
Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE) is ready to push back against that climate soon. When asked on CNN, Coons said he is prepared to yield his time to fellow Senate Judiciary Committee members Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) because of the women’s experience as prosecutors who have handled sexual assault cases. Harris previously served as California’s attorney general while Klobuchar served as attorney for Hennepin County in Minnesota.
Coons’s answer comes at the 5:50 mark.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford must include testimony from experts who can discuss why many victims of sexual assault refuse to come forward for years. pic.twitter.com/g4Wb5FesXl
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) September 18, 2018
Chris Coons said on CNN that he might cede his time at Monday's hearing to Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar because of their prosecutorial experience: "We've got members of the committee who are far more experienced than I am in these matters."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 18, 2018
Many users agreed with him, believing there was more strength in unity for Democrats.
This is how you get in formation @SenateDems 👍🏽
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) September 18, 2018
And it would shine a glaring spotlight on the fact that there are ZERO" women on the Republican side of the judiciary committee.
— CathyO (@cathyob1) September 18, 2018
They especially supported deferring to Harris, whose unrelenting questioning of Kavanaugh often left the nominee visibly flustered.
— Debbie Owens (@Dowens8490) September 18, 2018
Yes! @KamalaHarris is a bulldog during questioning, an incredibly smart bulldog.
— Cycle The Pacific Northwest (@Cyclethepacwest) September 18, 2018
I predict that IF a number of Dems cede their time to @KamalaHarris, the corrupt @GOP will withdraw the nomination. NOTHING makes a Republican sweat more these days than the thought of our warrior princess asking them questions! Remember snivelling Sessions? lol. #GoKamala!
— Mary Reed (@MaryAReed) September 18, 2018
Harris and Klobuchar perfectly embodied the experience Coons described at the initial Senate Judiciary Hearing for Brett Kavanaugh earlier this month.