Dr Christine Ford in Hiding Because of Death Threats

Dr Christine Ford in Hiding Because of Death Threats October 8, 2018

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We have such a fine president. His leadership brings out the best of people, doesn’t it?

Here’s an example of what rape, sexual assault and child abuse victims can expect in Trump’s America.

Dr Christine Ford, who courageously came forward about the attempted rape she was subjected to by Supreme Court Justice Kavanugh, is in hiding. She cannot return to her home because she is being targeted with death threats.

From HuffPost:

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who publicly accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has not been able to return to her home and faces a near-constant stream of threats, her attorneys said in an interview on Sunday.

“This has been terrifying, her family has been through a lot,” Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “They are not living at home, it’s going to be quite some time before they’re able to live at home. The threats have been unending, it’s deplorable.”

Earlier this month, Ford testified before the the Senate Judiciary Panel in a hearing that captured national attention. She spoke about her allegations, which were first made public in an interview with The Washington Post, that Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed during a party when they were both in high school in the 1980s, attempted to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth to the point that she feared for her life.

Two other women came forward with their own allegations of sexual impropriety after Ford went public.

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10 responses to “Dr Christine Ford in Hiding Because of Death Threats”

  1. I really don’t know what to say—-saying it is awful, shameful, horrible etc. doesn’t begin to express my outrage. Dr. Ford was threatened before her testimony and still she persisted and went ahead with her public testimony. This will reinforce the silence of women who have been attacked/molested/raped for more years to come. I have a person I’m fairly close to, who was raped, being given the “rape” drug. She woke up, he was gone, and she knew what had happened but couldn’t remember the actual event. The man was identified, on the hotel camera, but she refused to press charges. He was a well known politician. As useless as this may sound, the government should provide Dr. Ford and her family, protection (free) and check out all threats. This kind of thing should never happen—but DT and his minions continue to not care—–the atmosphere in this country is anything but peaceful.

  2. I have a tendency to agree. The only way to stop this civil war is going to have to be to provide military protection to both sides, and to follow up on EVERY death threat, no matter how incredible. Everybody making a death threat should be in jail. At the very least, that would almost instantly hand the whole government over to the Republicans at this point, because most of the country would not be able to vote.

  3. sigh.

    Ted, if I put everyone who’d threatened me in jail, it would overcrowd the place.

  4. Btw, the Kavanaugh had to leave their home, too. The girls couldn’t go to school. And it ain’t republicans threatening them. People have to take responsibility for their behavior and hatred. It isn’t Trump’s fault.

  5. These kinds of threats are always wrong Anne. They’ve been happening to public figures for a long time. (Ask me how I know.) But President Trump’s trashy leadership and his continuous debasement of other people has poured gasoline on the fire. He deliberately and with full intent has done everything he can to incite hatred in this country and widen the divisions among the American people. He did it again in another one of his trashy rallies last night. With a few exceptions, he does it just about every time he opens his mouth.

  6. I agree about Trump. His off-the-cuff trash-talking and his Twitter feed are a sewer.

    But, then, when I count up the comparable statements by leftists since, oh, 1970, I find that Trump is merely making up for lost time, so to speak: The GOP has a long way to go, before it will have heaped on Democrats the kind of unwarranted calumny and trash-talking their elected officials have heaped on Republicans, often with no more than the faintest fig-leaf of tut-tutting in response, throughout my entire adult life. From Gore Vidal calling Bill Buckley a “crypto Nazi,” or whatever it was, onward, the pattern has (until 2 years ago) been pretty consistent: Someone on the GOP side says something vicious-but-arguably-true about a leftist, and he gets disavowed by his own side. But when no less than the Democrat Vice President (!) accuses the whole GOP (!!) of wanting to put Americans of African descent “back in chains” (!!!), the reaction is, “Ho-hum, politics ain’t beanbag, y’know.”

    In fact, it was earlier than 1970, wasn’t it? Remember Lyndon Johnson, claiming his opponent enjoyed carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows? (“Let’s make him deny it.”)

    At times I’ve toyed with the idea that the solution to this is to reintroduce, in American law, the notion of “fighting words.” Certainly the accusation from Biden was worthy of a punch in the mouth, although it’d be dishonorable to any man below 60 years’ age to strike him, because of Biden’s age.

    But turn the parties around: Imagine that Dick Cheney had accused all Democrats of being, oh, let’s say, pedophiles, with equal vigor. (I’m looking for something just as unjustified and emotionally shocking as “Nazi,” you see.) He’d have probably had to resign.

    Well…back then, he would. But now? Probably not.

    The Trump phenomenon ought, therefore, to be understood as the GOP — and not all of it — finally sinking to the normative, historical level of Democrats.

    Glenn Reynolds of “Instapundit” fame likes to cite a story along these lines: Little boy comes in crying to his mama, for the third time that day, saying his sister pulled his hair. Mom comforts him and says he should forgive her and that his sister doesn’t know how much it hurts. Boy takes this in and walks back to the playroom. A few moments later the little girl emerges, crying and wailing. The boy shouts down the hall, “Well, now she does!”

    Reynolds’ comment, on citing this parable, is usually, “There’s a lesson here for the GOP, if they’re willing to hear it.”

    Just to be clear: I agree with you that Trump’s commentary is horrifying.

    But I have zero sympathy for the Democrats who’re on the receiving end of it, unless they’ve been opposing it in their own party for decades. It turns out that, gee, if you unjustly label 40% of the population bigots and chauvinists and heartless greedy power-hungry bastards for a half-century, leaving them seething mad for decades, then no matter how bourgeois and conservative and dignified they are, eventually their good, restrained, decorous habits are undermined.

    This is just chickens coming home to roost, very belatedly.

    And I worry. I do.

    I worry because finally responding to nasty behavior with nasty behavior isn’t how we get our civil discourse back.

    But neither is responding to decades of nasty behavior by politely sitting there and taking it.

    What is?

    I don’t know.

    But I worry. Democrats invented the “Borking,” and they used it effectively, because it always relied upon the good behavior of Republicans for its effectiveness. It’s a strategy, you see, that essentially punishes any party whose culture-of-decency is sufficiently strong that they couldn’t tolerate getting behind a morally-compromised candidate. (It’s the reason Trent Lott lost his position as Majority Leader, as you may recall.)

    Well, the downside of using that strategy is that it eventually destroys that culture-of-decency in the target party. You can tell that that culture has been successfully destroyed when the party starts being inured to the moral ickyness of its candidates and their tactics.

    Trump and Roy Moore — and Thomas and Kavanaugh, if you like, though I put those on a different plane — are the sign that the GOP has decided it’ll be just as soon hanged for a sheep as for a lamb.

    Bad days, indeed.

  7. You don’t remember Lyndon Johnson doing any such thing because he didn’t do any such thing in his presidential race. He went too far in that race but not with sexual slurs. If you’re referring to something you read about an obscure race early in his career, I have no idea if that would be true. But I do know that you’d be at least well into your 90s if you “remembered” it.

    I was alive and sentient in the 1960s and 70s and there was no one in American politics who behaved like Trump, not from either party. I’ve never seen any behavior like his outside of weird totalitarian demagogues in other countries who are in the process of falling into monstrous governance.

    ( also was running for office during some of the years you reference and I can tell you from personal experience that your discussion of Republican saintliness is fantastical.

    As for Trump and sexual slurs, no one has to level them at him, he has confessed, repeatedly, in public, on the mike and on tape. He has bragged about his sleazy behavior. Then, the stupid-as-dirt followers of his chose to believe him when he claims that 22 women were all lying when they came forward to say that he in fact did the things he said he did.

    Your whole discussion is based on confabulation.