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“Tell me what boy hasn’t done this in high school.”

Boys that were not raised by Republican women like these to think rape is ever normal or acceptable. This is abhorrent.
.@djrothkopf thread nails why the Kavanaugh episode is so disturbing - and what it reveals about the nihilism of the modern Republican Party. #EndAC
As several people (@martindvassolo, @realshawnbrandt, @AdamWeinstein) have documented, these aren't random "Republican voters," as @CNN would have you believe, but well-connected GOP candidates, operatives & activists.

Salena Zito-level misrepresentation.
Senate Democrats investigate a new allegation of sexual misconduct from Brett #Kavanaugh’s college years, by his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez @RonanFarrow @JaneMayerNYer newyorker.com/news/news-desk…
"Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote."
So these bastards KNEW there was a potential second Kavanaugh victim, and their reaction was to double down on another tainted nominee and ram him through regardless.

Throw. Them. Out.
Every last one of them.
And scene.
Do Republicans really want this absolutely vile conduct dominating the headlines for weeks on end?

These make Kavanaugh's proposed questions for Bill Clinton look tame.
"The word “Renate” appears at least 14 times in Georgetown Prep’s 1983 yearbook, including #Kavanaugh, who were described as the “Renate Alumni.”

It is a reference to Renate Schroeder, a student at a nearby Catholic girls’ school"
Renate Schroeder was one of the 65 women who signed the September 14 letter vouching for #Kavanaugh's character and conduct.

She was unaware of the "Renate" references in the Georgetown Prep yearbook until a few days ago.
This is precisely what @nycsouthpaw predicted: by going on Fox and making assertions that could easily be refuted, #Kavanaugh vastly expanded the number of witnesses that could testify against him and undermine his already dubious credibility.
This is why, no matter how damaged the Kavanaugh nomination is/becomes, Republicans will not push for him to be withdrawn in favor of Amy Coney Barrett.

This isn't about honor, integrity, or jurisprudence, but placing a criminal POTUS above the law.
Third #Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick:

"I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their 'turn' with a girl inside the room.

These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh."
Julie Swetnick: "I became the victim of one of these 'gang' or 'train' rapes where Mark Judge and Brett #Kavanaugh were present."
In sworn affidavit, woman alleges she was drugged and gang raped at 1982 party where Brett #Kavanaugh was present wsj.com/articles/attor…
Julie Swetnick, 3rd #Kavanaugh accuser, is a decorated US government employee:

Active security clearances
-Treasury Dept
-US Mint

Previous security clearances
-State Dept
-Dept of Justice
-Department of Homeland Security
-Customs & Border Protection

"According to an anonymous complaint sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, #Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman he socialized with in the Washington, D.C., area in 1998 while he was inebriated." nbcnews.com/politics/supre…
How can we expect men to respect consent, when women like this Trump supporter in Montana are telling their daughters (on live TV) that an 18-year-old male groping an unwilling woman "is no big deal"? #Kavanaugh #WhyIDidntReport #MeToo

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93% of his records withheld from the American people

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