The appearance of Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., this week on ABC’s “The View” is an illustration of how the media have turned the #MeToo movement into a cynical tool, and a perfect demonstration of how everyone is going to suffer if it’s not aggressively confronted for what it is.
Joy Behar asked Sasse on Monday’s show to explain his vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, even while he showed sympathy for Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago.
“You even went down [at Ford’s hearing], shook her hand, and you seemed sympathetic to her plight,” Behar said, “and yet you still voted for Kavanaugh. … Why?”
Sasse began his response with a poll-tested commentary on how #MeToo is “really important” because “we have a culture of sexual violence” and he’s “very glad” the movement has advanced.
This would be the polite thing to do if the media hadn’t turned #MeToo into a chainsaw to take to the faces of Republicans.
When Sasse went on to correctly point out that no one Ford identified as witnesses to the incident, including her longtime friend, could corroborate her account, Behar interjected, “She said it was him; you know who it is who’s assaulting you, and if that’s all true, we’re stuck with this guy for the rest of his life. He’s very young for the Supreme Court. It’s a huge problem for this country.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin then finished the job. “Did you not believe her testimony?”
Sasse again tried appeasement, saying he believed Ford was “a victim” who is “hurting.”
Maybe Ford is a “victim” who is “hurting,” but whether anyone believes her testimony is irrelevant if it means fully unsubstantiated accusations are sufficient enough to ruin lives for the sake of winning political battles.
The left-wing media want to force that standard on the country, as they tried to do all throughout the Kavanaugh hearings.
It’s going to work if everyone else is afraid to call their co-opting of #MeToo what it is: a political weapon.