LOUISVILLE— Across the nation, including in Kentucky, people are protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a protest in downtown Louisville, dozens took to the park behind the Federal Building to voice their opposition.

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In a protest in downtown Louisville, dozens took to the park behind the Federal Building to voice their opposition.

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Dozens rally in Louisville against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

10/03/2018 06:22 PM

LOUISVILLE— Across the nation, including in Kentucky, people are protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a protest in downtown Louisville, dozens took to the park behind the Federal Building to voice their opposition.

Included in them was a woman who said she is a survivor of a campus sexual assault. She didn’t want to give her name, because she says even 12 years after her attack, it is still hard for her.

The woman explained, “There are ways in which, even those that report can have a harder time. And it’s not a worse or better struggle. It’s a different struggle than those that don’t. You see all the hashtags of why I didn’t report- those are all the things that people who did have gone through and other people see that. And I have people ask me, how do we prevent sexual assault? Well, the answer is, handle reporting better.”

She says that’s why she joined dozens of others outside Louisville’s federal building who came together to speak out against supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The event was organized by Shively representative, Joni Jenkins, who told the group, “We’re all gathered here today, not only to send a message to Senator McConnell and Senator Rand Paul, we’re sending a message to our community and support survivors of sexual assault. We’re saying that we don’t think that Judge Kavanaugh is fit to be a judge by his performance in front of a hearing. And I want to say to all survivors, that what you are seeing now, by the highest elected official in the United States is not what this community supports.”

At a rally in Mississippi Tuesday, President Trump misquoted Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says she was assaulted by Kavanaugh in high school, mocking her. Trump said, “Thirty six years ago this happened. I had one beer, right. I had one beer. Well you think I was not. There was one girl. Oh good. How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was that? I don’t know, I don’t know. What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house either upstairs downstairs where was it? But I had one beer. That’s the one thing I remember. “

Sharon Fleck, a board member for Indivisible Kentucky said watching that made her speechless with anger. She explained, “It’s horrifying. Absolutely horrifying that we have a man in the White House, in the Oval Office, that mocks everything. About our democracy, and it’s at stake right now.”

Democratic Representative John Yarmuth had a similar reaction. “It really made me feel that the country has gone haywire. That the president of the United States could get up there and mock someone who demonstrated the courage and the class that Dr. Ford has exhibited.” Yarmuth added, “It’s typical and predictable, but still it’s shocking.”

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a crucial Republican vote, also condemned the president’s remarks, saying “The President’s comments were just plain wrong.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, an ardent support of the controversial candidate, also came out against Trump’s comments. In an interview, Graham said, “For every woman that comes forward God knows how many never say a word and take it to their grave. Sometimes people are accused of something they didn’t do. So President Trump went to a factual rendition that I didn’t particularly like and would tell him knock it off. You’re not helping. But it can be worse. You can actually kill somebody’s cat and puncture their tires to get them to shut up. So you know what he said.”

Graham then added, “Everything else in the record I know about Brett Kavanaugh is he’s not Bill Cosby and he’s not Harvey Weinstein. This is about power, usually Jeff, it’s not about sex. And if you’re a serial rapist and a gang rapist and you drug women at high school you usually don’t get over it.”

Much of the rally in Louisville focused on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, but activists said that isn’t the only reason they don’t want Kavanaugh confirmed.

Candidate for Kentucky’s 43rd District, Charles Booker said, “Even before the incidents of sexual assault, his posture and position on affirmative action, on a woman’s right to make decisions on her own body. On the executive authority. All of those things call into question someone who would serve on the highest court in the land. And then from the hearing, the temperament we saw. It was gross. No one that acts that way should be in a position of leadership.”

Fleck agreed, saying “His temperament. His temperament clearly. If anyone acted like he did at a job interview, do you think they would get the job?”

As the rally was going on in Louisville, Senator Mitch McConnell took to the Senate Floor to address that. “The same Democratic senators have the temerity, the temerity Mr. President, to say Judge Kavanaugh disqualified himself from the Supreme Court because he got a little testy at the hearing. A little testy at the hearing…after they drug him through the mud. Becuase he told them how much damage these accusations have caused him and his family. Let’s get one thing straight right now – I don’t want to meet the man or woman who wouldn’t be frustrated and angered by a coordinated strategy to destroy their good name on the alter of partisan politics.” ​

NBC News reports text messages suggest Kavanaugh knew of accusations from Debbie Ramirez before the New Yorker article was published.

And following his hearing Thursday, several college friends have come out saying Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker. One, Chad Ludington, said Kavanaugh “Also downplayed it to a great degree the possibility that he could ever not know what was going on.” Ludington continued, saying “I’m saying there were omissions. There were certainly many times when he could not remember what was going on.”

Yarmuth says that’s one of his main complaints against Kavanaugh. The Congressman from Louisville explained, ““I think the perjury is number one. If he sincerely believes he did not do what Ford has accused him of, why wouldn’t you just say ‘Look, I drank a lot when I was there. I don’t remember the incident, but if I did it, I’m ashamed of it and it’s something that no-one should ever do and no one should ever be subjected to.’ That would have gotten him off, but then to totally mischaracterize his entire teenage years and college years is something I think by himself disqualifies him.”

Trump has previously said lying to Congress is unacceptable.

McConnell says regardless of what the FBI report says, he wants a vote this week. On the Senate Floor, he said “Put this embarrassing spectacle behind us. The American people are sick of the display that’s been put on here in the United States Senate in the guise of a confirmation process.”

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