Requested Tuesday about being one among simply 4 ladies on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the way that can have an effect on the nomination proceedings, the Hawaii Democrat stated, “In fact it helps that there are ladies on that committee. … However actually, guess who’s perpetuating all of those sorts of actions? It is the lads on this nation. And I simply need to say to the lads on this nation: Simply shut up and step up. Do the correct factor for a change.”
“Not solely do ladies like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes ahead, have to be heard, however they have to be believed. They have to be believed,” Hirono stated alongside her Democratic colleagues Tuesday at a information convention on Capitol Hill.
“Her account may be very credible,” Hirono stated. “I consider her.”
“It is surprising, however not stunning, that President Trump is just not OK’ing the FBI investigation so that there is a minimum of some try at corroboration,” she stated.
The total energy of the White Home is behind Kavanaugh, Hirono stated, which places Ford at a drawback and victimizes her: “Have not we been right here earlier than with the Clarence Thomas hearings?” In these 1991 Supreme Court docket nomination hearings, Anita Hill accused Thomas, her former boss, of sexual harassment. She confronted intense and probing questioning about her encounters with Thomas, who went on to be confirmed.
Hirono stated she expects the entire “enlightened males in our nation” to stand up and say, “We can not proceed the victimization and the smearing of somebody like Dr. Ford.”
“We have now to create an setting the place ladies can come ahead and be heard and be listened to,” she stated.
“I need to thank Dr. Ford. I commend her braveness. I consider her.”