Kavanaugh: I’m Disappointed, But Not Surprised


Art by Julianne Kirby

Grace Berigan, A&E Editor

After a few infuriating weeks, Brett Kavanaugh, an accused sexual abuser, has been appointed to one of the most important positions in the country: The Supreme Court. This is yet another example of how the current administration does not respect women. The United States is undergoing tremendous social revolutions, such as the #MeToo movement. And yet, Trump, his staffers, and Republican Senators across the country seem to go against what the majority of Americans believe in, with Kavanaugh’s approval rating around 31%.

It came as no surprise to me that the FBI’s investigation of Kavanaugh was weak and unthorough. Deciding votes in Kavanaugh’s confirmation were from Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Joe Manchin. After being confronted by a sexual assault victim, Flake pledged to vote for Kavanaugh only after an FBI investigation. However, this investigation was limited to take place in less than a week, and restricted severely by the Trump Administration.

The #MeToo movement has had a huge impact on rape culture and on sexual assault victims throughout the country. Men, women, and children have become empowered by sharing their experiences of sexual assault. Although this movement has helped victims to come forward and begin their healing processes, it hasn’t reached the White House. Trump has defended seven men, all accused of assault — Brett Kavanaugh, Rob Porter, Roy Moore, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Corey Lewandowski, and even himself. Kavanaugh’s appointment poses a few threats: Kavanaugh is pro-Second Amendment, pro-life, and against the Affordable Care Act. Besides the legality of Kavanaugh’s appointment, he is one of the many men in power who has escaped the #MeToo movement.