The Senate has voted to advance Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite his deep embroilment in a sexual misconduct scandal, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote tomorrow.
The entire sordid affair has proven just how little Republicans in power care about women and demonstrated that they’re more than happy to give immense power to a probable rapist. Protestors have been beseeching senators to vote against Kavanaugh, going so far as to confront them in person on numerous occasions. The country is motivated and opposed to Kavanaugh, but GOP senators have chosen to ignore the will of the people.
This morning, Trump took to Twitter and launched a disgusting smear attack, even by his standards, in which he made the patently false claim that the “very rude elevator screamers” are “paid professionals.” The absurd statement reads more like a conspiracy theory ripped from Infowars than something said by the elected leader of the United States.
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Trump urged his followers not to “fall for it” and said the signs that protestors are holding look “professionally made.”
He then went full tilt into tinfoil hat territory by claiming that billionaire and perennial right-wing bugaboo George Soros is behind the opposition to Kavanaugh.
He claimed the protest signs were not “made in the basement from love,” as if a cruel narcissist like Trump knows anything about loving anyone other than himself.
The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
The “elevator screamers” is a reference to the passionate activists who have bravely confronted senators and demanded they vote down Kavanaugh. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have both been challenged in elevators recently.
— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) October 4, 2018
WATCH: Protester confronts Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator over his ‘yes’ vote on Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/fBvCdFPYyr
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 29, 2018
Mary Ann Georgantopoulous of Buzzfeed tweeted out a statement from Ana Maria Archila, who was one of the women in the Jeff Flake video. Archila says that “no one can pay for someone’s lived experiences,” rejecting the ridiculous accusation that she was paid to protest.
The full statement is sincere and moving, and a reminder that this Kavanaugh confirmation process is more than just a political fight, it has profound effects on the marginalized victims of sexual assault. Confirming him is an unforgivable betrayal of all victims and survivors.
Statement from Ana Maria Archila — the woman who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator last week — responding to Donald Trump's morning tweet pic.twitter.com/X40bxPfC9M
— Mary Ann Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) October 5, 2018