The annual Time 100 list debuted Wednesday with a shocking juxtaposition: The magazine recognized Christine Blasey Ford as an “icon” but also honored Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the man she said drunkenly assaulted her during high school, as a “leader.”
For those who believe Ford, seeing Kavanaugh on the same list as her is more than an insult — it’s a cruel reminder that even in the #MeToo era, men credibly accused of assault can nevertheless rise to power while being lauded and celebrated as one of the world’s most “influential” people (see also: Donald J. Trump).
Letting Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praise Kavanaugh’s character, citing his “resilience,” “loyal devotion to family and friends,” and “undeterred reverence for the law,” is akin to casting a long shadow on not just Ford’s claim, but also the profile Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat, wrote on her behalf. Read more…
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