Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the move was intended to ensure the “most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible” at Thursday’s hearing, which will also include Kavanaugh.
But critics called it a charade to avoid the spectacle of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 11 Republicans ― all men ― interrogating a woman over allegations of sexual assault. And they’re making their feelings known on Twitter:
What a fucking geriatric tone deaf sausage party. Puke https://t.co/nJcBi8WBrF— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 26, 2018
So I understand the white Republican men on the Judiciary Committee have hired a female lawyer to question Ms. Blassey Ford; better "optics." This strikes me as taking "chickenshit behavior" to a whole new level.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 25, 2018
‘We cannot manage asking a woman questions without embarrassing ourselves’ https://t.co/WVvJ4pvPtx— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) September 25, 2018
My suggestion to the Democrats: retain an experienced woman sex crimes prosecutor to cross-examine Judge #Kavanaugh.— Rebecca J. Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) September 26, 2018
He's not on trial either, but, hey.
McConnell went on to say that while “the lady lawyer” questions Ford and Kavanaugh, he and the other GOP members of the judiciary committee will be eating roast chicken and shellfish with their hands. “It just feels right,” the Majority Leader said. https://t.co/T71wOQbiAe— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) September 26, 2018
Is chickenshit hyphenated? Asking for a friend. https://t.co/i6HTm6pY8Q— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) September 26, 2018
How— STORMY Newport (@ruckus2) September 25, 2018
Whispers......there’s never been one seated amongst you
If I was Dr. Ford, I would not answer any question unless the Senator that is asking the question is identified. Dont let Grassley or Hatch hide behind a woman to do their attacks.— TD Gilbert (@TDGilbert417) September 25, 2018
This is chickenshit.#Kavanaugh#DrFord#KavaNOPEhttps://t.co/2Hf4tkuQzB
Since @SenateGOP hired outside counsel #RachelMitchell because too chickenshit to ask #ChristineBlaseyFord questions, I say @SenateDems get to hire outside counsel @MichaelAvenatti to ask questions on their behalf 🤨 #Basta#Trumpocrites#StopKavanaugh#WeBelieveChristine— Tara Dublin Believes Dr Ford (@taradublinrocks) September 26, 2018
McConnell translated: We're cowards and are afraid of the optics, so we hired a woman to do our jobs for us—even though it's really not going to make us look any better.— Barbara Walsh (@AtreiyaN7) September 25, 2018
Most chickenshit move on Capitol Hill I can ever remember. Do your damn jobs, Men of the Republican Party.— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) September 25, 2018
Why don’t you senators do you job? And while you’re at it, let the FBI do their job first!— Meg Waite Clayton (@MegWClayton) September 25, 2018
We have “binders full of women” helping us with this.— Christian H. Cooper (@christiancooper) September 25, 2018
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- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.