October 06, 2018

Wyden Votes No on Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh lacks the Character and Judgment to Sit on the Supreme Court, Wyden says

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted ‘no’ on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court today.

“Brett Kavanaugh has neither the character nor the judgment to sit on the Supreme Court. When senators asked him legitimate questions, he responded with a temper tantrum. Imagine if a female nominee defensively snapped at a male senator about his drinking habits. That would be ballgame, then and there. When you can’t trust someone to tell the truth, they do not belong on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh stands credibly accused of sexually assaulting multiple women.  The record shows he lied about his history with warrantless wiretapping and his personal history on matters big and small.

I fear many survivors will conclude that coming forward with their story will prove pointless, and there is very little likelihood of justice. On the other hand, the signal to boys is this: Even if you engage in violence against women and lie about your conduct the power structure is going to protect you.

Congress must change course. It’s time to take these attitudes toward women and sweep them out like the cobwebs from an abandoned stage and start over. The Senate failed in its duty today, but I am proud to have opposed this unfit nominee.”