GREWAL: Playing woman card

GREWAL: Playing woman card

Last week, there was a powerful spectacle in the U.S. Senate and on television: women testifying for Judge Brett Kavanaugh ’87, LAW ’90, to be appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court. His female clerks, classmates and associates said that Judge Kavanaugh is kind to women, serves as a mentor and an advocate and supports women in the workplace. Kavanaugh himself stated that he cares about the problem of sexual harassment. Yet he now stands accused of committing sexual assault as a teenager. During the confirmation hearings, a row of women, mostly white, were seated behind him, as if to form a phalanx of supporters. His wife and daughters were in the front row. There were also women of color seated strategically behind him and therefore constantly on screen with him. Condoleezza Rice was there, and then Zina Bash, his former law clerk appointed in the Trump White House to help develop the administration’s immigration policy, who is Jewish and Mexican. On the last day of the hearing, Kavanaugh brought in his daughter’s basketball team (after many mentions of his role as coach) to further demonstrate his commitment to women and girls. Even as the sexual assault allegation surfaced, Republicans produced a letter of support written by 65 women who claim to have known him during his high school days. The spectacle of powerful women protecting Kavanaugh was designed to disguise the fact that the main reason Trump chose Kavanaugh is his anti-abortion politics, and Trump was fulfilling […]

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