Congrats to Brett Kavanaugh on getting to be angry
After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's heart-wrenching and credible testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, pundits wondered whether Brett Kavanaugh would adopt a gentler tone during his own appearance.
He did not. Instead, he leaned in to being angry.
He spoke in a near-constant loud monotone. At times, he yelled. At other points, his face scrunched up with rage, appearing nearly vicious. Unlike Ford, who was sympathetic, measured, and vulnerable, Kavanaugh was aggressive. Unabashedly emotional. Self-righteously angry even when he began to cry.
Many people on Twitter were quick to point out what should go without saying: Ford (and any woman in her position) does not have the luxury of appearing angry.
If she had, commenters pointed out, she would have been branded as shrill, dramatic, or difficult to trust.
Since Ford made her accusations in a letter written to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, which was subsequently leaked to the press, multiple other accusers have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has vociferously denied all allegations.
Additional reporting by Marcus Gilmer
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September 27, 2018 at 03:11PM