At this point, we all know about Trump’s mission to discredit Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault claims against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh:
So, it was expected that all of his appointed cabinet members would silently go along with his statements, as we’ve become accustomed to.
However, shockingly, Nikki Haley–the US Ambassador to the United Nations–actually went a bit off message with her remarks on CNN on Sunday:
“The message I’m comfortable with is that accusers go through a lot of trauma and some handle it one way and some handle it the other way,” Haley told Jake Tapper, after asked if she was “comfortable” with Trump’s comments toward Ford.
“Regardless, you never ― it’s not something that we want to do, to blame the accuser or try to second guess the accuser.”
This statement–while it doesn’t totally contradict the current administration’s stance on the issue, is a far cry from Trump’s doubt-mongering as to why Ford didn’t call the police or report the incident earlier.
Haley also made a point of saying “every accuser deserves the right to be heard” and that the hearing should take place “swiftly and quickly.”
You can watch a clip of part of her appearance below:
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley says the Ford hearing should happen “swiftly and quickly”: “Every accuser deserves the right to be heard. But at the same time, I think the accused deserves the right to be heard” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/cFprUnWh6M pic.twitter.com/ryPEjFN1uh
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 23, 2018
Needless to say, Twitter was not having it:
Nikki will say or do anything to keep in good Grace's with the dictator
— Gil Godshall (@gilgodshall) September 23, 2018
Swiftly and quickly swept under the rug.
— Kevin Conkright (@KevinConkright) September 23, 2018
“Swiftly and quickly” ??? What's the rush? Another failed attempt to care about proper procedure #KavaNOPE
— 4sachi (@4sachie) September 23, 2018
Why should it be swiftly and quickly. Kavanagh could be impeached later if he is found out? Is that what she's saying?
— Baltimore Revolution (@BaltRevolution) September 23, 2018
The discrediting of the accused, and the varying GOP responses, are both confusing and appalling.
Specifically, GOP women were recorded having a baffling discussion regarding Ford’s culpability in the incident.
People had questions.
How does the timing of the hearing affect Kavanaugh's testimony? If he's as innocent, as he claims, he would welcome an investigation to clear his name. Instead, the WH has blocked the FBI from reopening his background investigation & docs are hidden from MOC. Suspicious, no?
— Ruby Dragonfly (@ruby_dragonfly) September 23, 2018
She couldn’t answer if trump’s tweet was appropriate…..this is why women are afraid to press charges on their attackers!,,,THEY WILL NOT BE BELIEVED SO SAD NIKKI
— Miss Kitty (@mysisterdaisy) September 23, 2018
Sure, sure. The doctor who drugged and raped me when I was 17 irrefutably lied about it. Guess who was believed?
— Anthony Sokol (@Afalcon7782) September 23, 2018
What kind of man takes his family, children, wife and this poor assualted person through this process knowing he did it. He's playing games. Going to the WH everyday to be counseled on how to interview, i.e tell lies. If he had been charged back then, he wouldn't qualify now!!
— Tiuanna (@Tiuanna) September 23, 2018
“We don’t know the situation she was going through 35 years ago. We don’t know the circumstances. … What I’ve said often is she deserves respect. She deserves to be heard. Kavanaugh, who has been accused, deserves to be heard. And I think we’ll get all our answers,” ended Haley.
That “but” says it all!
— buster (@buster74073637) September 23, 2018
No one is suppressing his voice. She’s not making sense.
— Kizzy Reynolds (@KizzyMae1969) September 23, 2018
— knuckles67 (@fergusrulz) September 23, 2018
Right now, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday where both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify about her allegations against him.
However, in the wake of new allegations against Kavanaugh surfacing, Democrats are trying to postpone Thursday’s hearing so that a proper investigation can be undertaken.