August 18, 2022

200 of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser’s classmates just made headlines with inspiring show of support

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The battle over the confirmation of Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court justice nomination, Brett Kavanaugh, drastically escalated last week when accusations that the conservative radical had attempted to rape a girl at a party in high school.


Seemingly anticipating the allegations, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley quickly released a letter by 65 women who ostensibly knew Kavanaugh in high school and affirm that he “behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

But the tables have turned dramatically since Professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward to tell her tale on Sunday in a stunning report by The Washington Post.

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Suddenly, the vast majority of the 65 women who signed Kavanaugh’s support letter suddenly don’t feel like responding to press inquiries and only TWO will publicly affirm their support for him.

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On the other hand, two hundred of Professor Ford’s former classmates at Maryland’s Holton-Arms School have come out and signed a letter in support of her claims and her character.

The letter reads:

We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate.

We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.

Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.

Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.” We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault and sexual violence. We hold deep gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.

Unlike most of the women who signed Kavanaugh’s letter, these women knew exactly what they were signing — and know exactly what it would mean to have yet another accused sexual abuser on our nation’s highest court.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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