Much discussion was had over the fact that the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee felt obligated to bring in female outside help to conduct the interview of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sex assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Rachel Mitchell, the chief of Phoenix’s Special Victims Unit and sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County, was hired to run the interview, and as soon as the cameras clicked off and the committee broke for lunch Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) made it obvious why they felt they couldn’t responsibly handle the questioning themselves:
Happened in a gaggle of reporters, and another woman amd I shared an unmistakable “did he really say that?” look afterward.
— Kate Irby (@kateirby) September 27, 2018
Dr. Ford just spent several hours being cross-examined by a prosecutor and forced to relive one of the most horrifying experiences of her life, and this 84-year-old man somehow thinks it is appropriate to say she was attractive?
What’s next, Orrin? A rating on a 1-10 scale? A game of marry-love-kill with Kavanaugh’s sex assault accusers?
His refusal to take this seriously is an obvious indication that this is nothing but a malevolent kabuki performance designed to discredit and weaken Ford’s accusations. They never had any intention of taking her accusations seriously; they were just an obstacle to overcome en route to their heinous political agenda.
Thankfully, by all accounts, their plot is backfiring spectacularly:
Top Republican strategists are wincing at how the #KavanaughHearings are going. One ex-leadership aide: "She’s very believable and you can’t help but feel sympathetic to her experience. What a mess.” https://t.co/pZ2Vi6Lgg7
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) September 27, 2018
Understandably, prominent media figures and Twitter users were absolutely furious at Hatch’s disgusting response. Here’s a collection of the best responses:
these old gross dinosaurs are so unprepared and unsuited for everything about this https://t.co/eo76iAFnb0
— libby watson (@libbycwatson) September 27, 2018
i feel like ive overused the whole orrin-hatch-endorsed-a-child-molester-because-he-said-the-molesting-happened-decades-ago thing but then again i dont think ive overused it https://t.co/6zQ5t3tGNr
— Vote Matt Negrin for NY GOV to see Trump’s taxes (@MattNegrin) September 27, 2018
surreal. She just testified about a harrowing case of sexual assault. https://t.co/uUBVSKNN7j
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 27, 2018
These fucking guys. https://t.co/az8Bl7f3Xl
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) September 27, 2018
ORRIN HATCH SAID DR. FORD IS “ATTRACTIVE”?????
WHY IS THIS WORN OUT WHOOPIE CUSHION STILL IN OFFICE
— Danielle Ingrid Anais Tcholakian (@danielleiat) September 27, 2018
When your day as Orrin Hatch's communications director is going great: pic.twitter.com/hEoZHj2egy
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) September 27, 2018
— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) September 27, 2018
Orrin Hatch fucking expire bimch
— jooft (@joofttweets) September 27, 2018
"Attractive." "Pleasing." "Nice Person."
That's how Sen. Orrin Hatch, as he left the hearing, just described Dr. Ford.
These people are really, really sick.
— Arjun Sethi (@arjunsethi81) September 27, 2018