During Thursday’s hearing, in which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has been testifying about sexual assault allegations she made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has five minutes to make a statement and question Dr. Ford.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal used his time to commend Ford for her courage and her public service, saying that he believed her and her testimony:
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He said, “Thank you for being here today and just tell you I have found your testimony powerful, incredible, and I believe you. You’re a teacher, correct? Well, you have given America an amazing teaching moment, and you may have other moments in the classroom, but you have inspired and you have enlightened America. You have inspired and given courage to women to come forward as they have done to every one of our offices and many other public places. You have inspired and you have enlightened men in America to listen respectfully to women survivors and men who have survived sexual attacks. And that is a profound public service, regardless of what happens with this nomination. And so the teachers of America, people of America, should be really proud of what you have done.”
He also said, “If we agree on nothing else today, I hope on a bipartisan basis we can agree on how much courage it has taken for you to come forward, and I think you have earned America’s gratitude.” Ford, who was clearly affected by Sen. Blumenthal’s statement, could then be seen mouthing “Thank you” in response.