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Blumenthal Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today:

“The Senate Judiciary Committee must now give these allegations the serious weight they deserve. They must be fully and fairly investigated. Unquestionably, the Kavanaugh confirmation vote must be delayed.”

“Christine Blasey Ford has shown incredible bravery in coming forward. I respect Ms. Ford’s choice to remain anonymous until this point. Now that she has made her story public, I am committed to ensuring that she is heard, that her safety is protected, and that she is treated with respect.”

“Over the last several days, I have been dismayed by my Republican colleagues’ callous dismissals of a sexual assault and the denigration of a survivor. Intimating that an assault is a mere political ploy not only offensively maligns Ms. Ford’s experience, it reinforces dangerous preconceptions that shame survivors into silence. Making a mockery of Ms. Ford’s wish for confidentiality or implicating her sobriety in her assault is far worse. These kinds of comments are despicable and deeply harmful – not just to one survivor, Ms. Ford, but to all survivors.”

“To Ms. Ford, and to all survivors: you are not alone.”