Christine Blasey Ford delivered gut-wrenching testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday — and not to the most representative audience, either.
Kavanaugh's accuser told her story to 17 male Senators and just four female Senators today. Female prosecutor Rachel Mitchell was also on the panel to assist in the questioning. The eleven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are all white men.
All four female senators — Senator Klobuchar of Minnesota, Senators Harris and Feinstein of California, and Senator Hirono of Hawaii — are Democrats.
Senate Republicans frequently deferred to Mitchell, who they hired to question Ford during the hearing.
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The images alone are arresting.
This visual: 11 male Republican senators watching as a female outside counsel they’ve chosen questions Christine Blasey Ford. pic.twitter.com/hJmcAX9o4c
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) September 27, 2018
This is what Christine Blasey Ford is looking at as she describes her sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/GGxmuHnNpZ
— Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu) September 27, 2018
Powerful, telling photograph. pic.twitter.com/HbuspZ95vj
— katie rosman (@katierosman) September 27, 2018
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Women could mostly be seen in the audience of the hearing.
In the audience, tears streaming down the face of Rep Carolyn Maloney D-NY as she listens to Ford pic.twitter.com/nIezV2CW6N
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) September 27, 2018
The Senate is scheduled to vote on Judge Kavanaugh Friday morning.