Women confront Jeff Flake on Brett Kavanaugh support

Women confront Jeff Flake on Brett Kavanaugh support, by AP.

Moments after pivotal US senator Jeff Flake announced his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh … two women cornered Senator Flake as he got on an elevator …

“Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me,” said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher. …

Senator Flake was later asked whether the elevator confrontation swayed him. “I can say this whole process has affected all of us,” he said. “I can’t pinpoint anything to say this is what caused me to come today to say let’s postpone.” …

Senator Flake was on his way to the morning hearing when the two women, both affiliated with advocacy groups, told him they were sexual assault survivors. …

Ms Archila, 39, appeared to block Senator Flake from closing the elevator door. Then Ms Gallagher said: “I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them.

“That’s what happened to me, and that’s what you are telling all women in America, that they don’t matter,” she said through tears.

She begged Senator Flake to look her in the eye. “Don’t look away from me,” she said. Senator Flake, cornered in the elevator, shifted between looking at them and looking down. He said “thank you”, but didn’t respond to questions on whether he believed Dr Ford’s testimony. …

Speaking to the AP by phone after the confrontation, Ms Gallagher said she didn’t intend to tell Senator Flake about her assault — she had never told anyone before. “But I saw him, and I got really angry,” she said.

Ms Archila told the AP that she was sexually assaulted when she was five years old by a teenager when she and her family lived in Colombia. She said she didn’t tell anyone before this week.

Her own account is contradictory.

Again, the left is spinning this as a brave choice between supporting women and making up for the centuries — millennia — of unfair treatment of women, or not believing survivors.