Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday that the women who are protesting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sharing their stories of sexual assault should not misdirect their anger at their own abusers towards this confirmation process.
“[Women] need to feel that anger toward their individual perpetrators, not towards senators unconnected completely from the awful things that have happened to them in the past,” Conway told Fox News Friday morning.
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Conway said the only thing that could have changed with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., since he voted to move Kavanaugh’s confirmation out of committee was the fact that he was confronted by women in an elevator who shared their experience of sexual assault with him.
“Senator Flake already has made joyful noises about supporting Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. He asked for the supplemental investigation by the FBI and it was Senator Flake who said, ‘no longer than one week.’ And all of that has come to pass. So, now he will announce his decision,” Conway said, referring to one of the four senators who have not made it clear yet which way they will vote regarding Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday.
The counselor to the president also noted that no Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had changed their mind on Kavanaugh’s nomination after hearing testimony from him and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, and after getting the additional FBI report this week.
“They want testimony, they got it. They want a supplemental FBI investigation, they got it. Has a single Democrat on that Senate Judiciary Committee changed his or her mind based on everything that they have asked for and have received?” Conway asked.
The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is scheduled for Friday morning.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has been delayed for weeks now so Ford and Kavanaugh could testify before the committee panel about the allegations, and so the FBI could conduct yet another background investigation on Kavanaugh.