These days, it seems no Republican lawmaker is safe from the questions and concerns surrounding the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Last week, it was Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake who was confronted in an elevator by two sexual-assault survivors. After listening to the women, Flake reconsidered his position, deciding to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until the FBI concluded a limited, weeklong investigation into the current allegations.
Other lawmakers, however, don’t seem eager to listen to their constituents.
On Monday, Sen David Perdue was confronted at Ronald Reagan National airport by three women asking why he supported Brett Kavanaugh, but the Georgia senator wasn’t taking questions, and ducked into a bathroom to hide.
— Yahoo (@Yahoo) October 2, 2018
Video of the encounter shows the three women, sexual-assault survivors Patti Serrano and Jennifer Epps-Addison and Arizona State Representative Isela Blanc, confront Perdue with questions about Kavanaugh, the confirmation vote, and the millions of women who have come forward to speak about their experiences of sexual assault.
“You don’t feel like you have to answer any questions to people who have come out about their sexual assaults?” one of the women asked. Apparently that’s exactly how Perdue felt.
Riding down an escalator Perdue ignored the women’s questions, only saying “Don’t touch me” when one tried to shake his hand. Perdue then ducked into a nearby men’s room.
“How can you ignore our pleas? You have to exit at some point.”
Shouting into the bathroom, Representative Blanc kept after Perdue saying, “You represent not just your state’s choice, but every American in this country, and every person that is vulnerable. This is a legacy, and a moment in history that will not be forgotten.”
As Perdue ran into the bathroom to hide, people couldn’t help but notice the irony
Ironic that *he* did not want to be touched!
“Don't touch me.”
— Patricia Wightman (@PatriciaWightm7) October 2, 2018
How awful that he has to live with himself after these women forced themselves on him against his will. Traumatic stuff. Just heartbreaking.
— TREASON? The Musical (@JBritt312) October 2, 2018
But somehow we expect teachers to be brave enough to stand up to active shooters. What a cowardly congressman
— Jim Osmer (@JimOsmer) October 3, 2018
And as far as voters were concerned, these were not the actions of a man they wanted representing them
Seriously? Where are we? In High School? This was Senator David Perdue, BTW.
Republican Senator Hid In Bathroom When Confronted By Sexual Assault Survivorshttps://t.co/vPsrjVjw8X
— Ale (@aliasvaughn) October 3, 2018
Oh good grief! The man is useless for Georgia. He has never gotten my vote, nor will he.
— Denise Covfefe (@ddshelby) October 3, 2018
— Dee Chose (@CarpealltheDiem) October 3, 2018
Perdue wasn’t the only one to be confronted by voters though. Sen. Mitch McConnell was similarly approached on his way through the airport, and much like Perdue, chose to ignore the women asking him questions.
— Ady Barkan (@AdyBarkan) October 1, 2018
He could hear 1000 stories in a row, it doesn’t matter, he doesn’t care, he just wants his conservative judge and notjin* else matters, he is a soulless monster.
— ES (@ESPhotoSeattle) October 1, 2018
You ain’t gonna learn what you don’t want to know – Bob Weir
— Phyllis (@PCalistro) October 2, 2018
Republican lawmakers can be sure though, that while the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh still hangs in the balance, the confrontations will continue, especially if voters feel it’s the only time they’re being heard.
This just needs to happen every damn day!
— TrumpetsGetPlayed (@gsynthchris) October 1, 2018