Conservative lawmakers are leaping to discredit Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when the two were in high school. And Samantha Bee is having none of it.
The comedian and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee host gave a scathing takedown of Kavanaugh’s defenders and the degree to which Americans in general defend white men accused of sexual assault, usually at the expense of the victim’s safety and reputation.
With the trademark wit that’s made her a staple in living rooms and laptop screens across America, Bee provided the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee with a much-needed reminder:
“It’s never okay to try to rape somebody, not even in high school.”
She also asked a relevant question:
“How is it never the right time to bring up assault allegations against a rich white dude? The woman Brock Turner raped reported it immediately, and I guess that wasn’t fair because it would ruin his future? Christine Blasey Ford reported Kavanaugh’s alleged assault 36 years later, and somehow she’s also ruining his future. How much future do rich white guys get to have?”
You can watch the clip below:
Famously, Brock Turner, who attempted to rape an intoxicated woman behind a dumpster, was only given a six-month prison sentence, of which he only served three months. Many were horrified when his defenders requested leniency, citing Turner’s promising future as a swimmer.
Now, similar defenses are being used to defend Kavanaugh in an effort to secure his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
People cheered Bee for her pointed reminder:
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) September 20, 2018
— Jean Podrasky ☕️ (@JeanPodrasky) September 20, 2018
I am late on this tweet; but, I have to say that if you missed @FullFrontalSamB last night, you missed an amazing homage to Dr. Seuss…and the fact the #rape is NOT acceptable at ANY age or stage in life! #SamanthaBee #consent #MeToo https://t.co/8W4ERw6xQl
— Mike Rich (@BigMikeR69) September 20, 2018
— R.O.B. (@RAZ_1992) September 20, 2018
Bee referred to several examples of lawmakers and commentators defending Kavanaugh.