Protesters in black are mobilizing to walk out of their workplaces and classrooms Monday in solidarity with the women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, after a second came forward Sunday with fresh allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Women’s Law Center will be among the dozens of groups staging walkouts in solidarity with Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, Monday at 1 p.m.
The event is being promoted under the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors, and supporters are being told to wear black. Meanwhile, UltraViolet, a nonprofit organization advocating for women’s rights, has organized Monday protests at the home-district offices of several senators, including the Des Moines office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“There is no possible way for this nomination to proceed without wholly undermining the integrity of the Supreme Court and without sending the resounding message to women across America that they do not matter,” NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a news release Sunday.
It’s been a little more than a week since Ford, a California professor and research psychologist, stepped forward to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a teen party in the early 1980s. Since then, the judge’s confirmation proceedings have been thrown into absolute turmoil, with Democrats attempting to quash an immediate vote that would seat him on the high court by demanding an FBI investigation, and Republicans walking the fine line of showing support for sexual assault survivors while promoting serious doubts about the timing of the allegations. On Sunday, the New Yorker published a report in which Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale Law School, alleged he exposed himself at yet another drunken party — this one allegedly in college, when he was a freshman — and thrust his penis in her face. Democrats are investigating that allegation, too. Ramirez admitted that there were gaps in her memory, and that she was intoxicated that night. Then Michael Avenatti, the prominent attorney and potential presidential candidate, said on Twitter that one of his clients had “credible information” on Kavanaugh.
Avenatti, who is also the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, posted an email he said he sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee in which he claims to hold “significant evidence” of gang rape among Kavanaugh and his friends. He then told Politico that he represents “multiple clients” who could serve as witnesses to the allegations.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly and categorically denied all of the allegations against him. Sunday night, Republicans were largely stunned into silence on social media and didn’t comment on the most recent accusations, although the White House has continued to express support.
Over the weekend, Ford said she’d be willing to testify Thursday at 10 a.m. Kavanaugh would also testify, but there's been arguments over who would go first. Thursday is later than Republicans had wanted — they had been pushing for a hearing Monday — but Democrats still aren’t happy about it. Late Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said hearings should be postponed in light of the most recent allegations against Kavanaugh.
Kellyanne Conway, senior White House counselor, said on CBS Monday morning that Ramirez is welcome to contact the Senate Judiciary Committee if she wishes to testify. “This is starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy,” Conway said.