President Donald Trump and his man, Judge Brett Kavanaugh have won.
This fact is offensive to many people, as millions believe neither man is fit for office.
Trump once boasted he “grabs women by the pussy” and his pick for Supreme Court Justice was accused of attempted gang-rape on a minor.
Horrible optics for a man who aspires to shine in the public light.
Now the FBI has cleared Kavanaugh’s name. Committees have met, votes have been taken. Documents have been signed.
He will sit on the highest court of the land and wield the power of his associate justice seat long after Trump leaves the White House.
If he’s not guilty, then she lied
At first, not everyone clearly sided with Kavanaugh or with his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. As in all matters of public opinion, each camp had its unconditional supporters, with a grey zone in between.
That grey zone was the intended target of the Ford/Kavanaugh media circus. Both sides were courting this subset of the public before November’s midterm elections.
Despite voter apathy, lack of knowledge, biased reporting, and the widespread belief that something in the system is broken, people generally still believe in the system… and this very system has just declared Kavanaugh innocent.
Thus, many – if not all – honest people will accept the result and interpret that Ford is a liar.
So if Trump, his Republicans, and Kavanaugh won, then who lost?
Well, that would be the Democrats, but they’re used to riding the ups and downs of the political roller coaster.
The real loser is the Time’s Up movement of course, and by extension all the victims of sexual assault who suffer in silence.
That’s because the movement was built on the following premise: until today, powerful men have escaped justice for their sexual crimes against women, since many victims refuse to speak out from a fear of not being believed.
Ending victim-shaming and getting people to believe accusations of sexual assault is what the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag is all about. Getting more victims to speak out is what the #MeToo hashtag is all about.
They were great hashtags, and they worked. Public testimony by a number of loved actresses resulted in destroying the careers of predators like Harvey Weinstein.
Their success gave confidence to everyday women to speak out. In turn, countless victims who long kept their stories secret were able to liberate themselves from pain by sharing their experiences, and occasionally taking down some bad people of their own.
But the victims were not supposed to lie. Lying takes the wind out of #BelieveSurvivors. Lying casts doubt. And if the other lady lied… maybe #YouToo.
Now that Ford is painted as a liar, more people will be skeptical when it comes to believing women, and that is a violation of all the real victims who thought they could finally speak out.
The gang-rape of #MeToo
Many people of course, but I blame Dianne Feinstein and Alyssa Milano, both for what they did and for what they represent.
Feinstein represents a caste of power-hungry elite politicians who never accepted Trump’s election in 2016, and who are doing everything they can to weaken his power and credibility.
A calculating Feinstein came into privileged information about Kavanaugh and didn’t tell anybody. She kept Ford’s accusation letter secret until she could do the most political damage, apparently leaking it at a critical moment during the nomination process. The timing reeked of political sabotage.
To her, the information was a political tool – and so was the alleged rape victim who brought forth the testimony.
Feinstein squeezed every advantage out of her until there was nothing left.
Milano was a prominent figure of the Me Too / Time’s Up movement. She famously participated in the Ford/Kavanaugh circus by sitting behind Kavanaugh and staring him down.
Putting her Twitter account to work, Milano live-tweeted throughout the whole hearing to her whopping 3.42 million subscribers. Ultimately her phone was confiscated after repeated offenses and warnings, because videotaping and photography is forbidden during hearings.
She didn’t care about the veracity of the gang-rape allegations; Milano publicly opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination before the accusations were public. The actress is convinced Kavanaugh hates women. Milano blames him for refusing a 17 year old immigrant access to an abortion.
She got on the anti-Kavanaugh bus because she was on a mission to take the “woman-hater” down, and justified her involvement by saying: “because I don’t believe any man’s misogyny should take precedent (sic) over a survivor’s humanity.”
Unfortunately, Milano lost touch with reality.
Kavanaugh is not a Weinstein.
This will not end well for the social justice movement
Feinstein’s coldness and political calculation combined with Milano’s uncontrolled and extreme emotion have ruined it for real victims.
The pair have used Time’s Up and #MeToo for their own benefit. In doing so, they have showed total disregard to the needs and aspirations of countless women in the movement.
Like the male rapists they claim to hate, Feinstein and Milano took what they needed for their own pleasure and left their victim agonizing in a ditch. The fact that it was women behaving in this reprehensible manner makes it even worse.
Luckily for him, Kavanaugh had a support system and survived the abuse. Not all victims have that chance.
It’s a tragedy because the movement had real impact on peoples’ lives.
The real victims of rape, the sincere women who felt empowered by Time’s Up, #MeToo, and #BelieveSurvivors should be furious with Dianne Feinstein and Alyssa Milano.