Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee for U.S Senate from Tennessee, made known her thoughts on the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the accusation a “smear”:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn says sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from high school are a “delay tactic,” saying his female accuser should testify under oath and a committee vote shouldn’t be delayed.
Blackburn says Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has had Ford’s letter since July, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants Democrats to delay on Kavanaugh in an “11th hour smear” attempt.
Marsha Blackburn wants Kavanaugh’s accuser to testify, but it doesn’t appear that she wants Kavanaugh’s accuser to testify so that they can get to the truth. Marsha Blackburn appears to have already made up her mind on what she thinks is the truth. She thinks the truth is that it is just a “smear”, which by definition means a false accusation.
Unfortunately, this attitude by Marsha Blackburn towards a woman that has come forward with a sexual assault accusation is not surprising. Marsha Blackburn also voted against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which was passed to ensure women are paid the same as men for doing the same job. Why would Marsha, a woman, do that? Because Marsha cares only about what her political party supports, and the Republican party, which is dominated by men, does not support equal pay for women.
So, when it comes to sexual assault, it’s pretty easy to predict which kind of sexual assault Marsha Blackburn will speak out against, and that is sexual assault that is committed by a Democrat. Sexual assault committed by a Republican is likely just fine with her.
This is political tribalism at its worst. But, that is nothing new for Republicans. They have proven over and over again that they will always choose party over people.