Shouldn't a group of 'women' supporters not be mostly men?
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is supposedly a big fan of women. He coaches girls’ basketball, he drives in the carpool, and he’s even hired women to work for him!
Put aside, for the moment, the very credible allegation that he tried to rape a girl when they were both in high school. Instead, just look as this amazing group of “women” supporters!
The carpool has arrived pic.twitter.com/n1VwcKqGAS
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) September 20, 2018
No, your eyes do not deceive you. That picture of “women” supporters does in fact have more men than women in it. Not that there’s anything wrong with men supporting Kavanaugh; these days, as he faces the serious charge of attempted rape, he has a lot of men rushing to support him.
But you’d expect a group of “women” supporters to be mostly, if not completely, women.
The picture was taken in August during a bus tour of “women” supporters organized by the religious right group Concerned Women for America. CWA promotes a decidedly anti-woman agenda, opposing, among other things, reproductive rights and marriage equality.
So it’s not hard to understand why CWA would support Kavanaugh, who received the stamp of approval from the far-right Federalist Society and whose record shows that he shares those anti-woman values.
But it’s also not hard to understand why a group so hostile to women would need a bunch of men to help fill out its ranks.
CWA organized this public display of support before Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, but that accusation has done nothing to dissuade this supposedly pro-woman group from continuing to support him. The group is still standing by Kavanaugh.
Penny Nance, CWA’s president and CEO, penned an op-ed this week saying the timing of Christine Blasey’s Ford’s allegation is “suspicious” and that Kavanaugh is “perhaps a victim of mistaken identity.”
Nance also references the infamous letter of 65 women who claim they knew Kavanaugh in high school and can vouch for his character as implied evidence of his innocence. Never mind that since Ford came forward with her story, the vast majority of those women have been unwilling to continue publicly supporting him.
Nance conveniently doesn’t mention the 1,000 women who attended Ford’s high school who have signed a letter saying they believe and support Ford.
Meanwhile, CWA is promoting the Republican talking point that Ford’s story is somehow a partisan “delay” tactic, instead of a serious allegation that should be fully investigated before going forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
In other words, unlike other organizations that advocate for women, CWA is defending Kavanaugh by spreading right-wing smears and conspiracy theories, rather than supporting Ford.
No wonder a group like this had to fill its “Women for Kavanaugh” photo with a bunch of men.
Published with permission of The American Independent.