Some people look at Brett Kavanaugh and see an ivy league nerd with a wife and two kids and a solid, respectable life.

But this is precisely why millions of women don't find it difficult to believe Dr. Blasey Ford & Debbie Ramirez.

WE SEE YOU BRETT.

#WednesdayWisdom
(THREAD)
(2) I see Brett because when my Mom looks at my stepfather, she sees the man she's loved and been married to for decades. A good partner and father.

But I see the man who abused and assaulted me throughout my teenage years. And the woman who didn't believe me.
(3) I see Brett because when they look at my high school yearbook, my classmates see broad shoulders and a perfect jawline. They see the class president & prom king.

I see the guy who sexually assaulted me. the one I hid in a bathroom to escape while he banged down the door.
(4) I see Brett for what he is because of my high school best friend's father, the chief of police. When they look at him, they see someone my community trusts.

I see the man who asked me to wrap Christmas presents for his daughter in his bedroom and then attempted to grope me.
(5) I see Brett because when my former colleagues look at the dean of my department, they see a man with a PhD, a well-respected researcher, and educator.

I see the married man who tried to corner me in an elevator, kiss me, and then proposition me to come to his hotel room.
(6) I see Brett because when my sister looks at the best man from their wedding, she sees a guy with military service and one of her best friends.

I see a guy who pushed & humiliated me & left bruises on my arms. And I see the people I loved who watched it happen & said nothing.
(7) WE SEE YOU BRETT KAVANAUGH.

And we believe survivors like Dr. Blasey Ford & Debbie Ramirez because we have known countless men in our lives- father, sons, grandfathers, colleagues, neighbors, who have used their power and privilege to abuse others simply because they could.
(8) WE SEE YOU, BRETT.

But the truth is people see what they want to see, while the rest of us know that we're never safe. From the people we love and from the communities that don't support us.

Next time you see Brett Kavanaugh, look harder.
What you see might surprise you.

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Oct 8, 2018
After Kevin Cramer characterized #MeToo as "victimization," I thought it'd be helpful to look into Kevin's backstory.

Turns out this is one of the least misogynistic things he's ever said.
Buckle up, North Dakota & meet your possible future Senator.

(THREAD)
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(2) Cramer made national news with his hot take on Kavanaugh.

“My point was that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that...that nothing happened in terms of a sexual … event, beyond, obviously, the attack... Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?"

Yikes.
(3) Because there was no penetration, Cramer argues, there was no assault. And really, who hasn't been drunk and tried to rape a woman. Am I right? 👀

This is a guy endorsed & supported by GW Bush and Trump because of course, he is.
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Oct 7, 2018
This #SaturdayMorning we're addressing a complaint from those who say they won't bother voting this November.

What does it matter? they think. Gerrymandering has rigged the election. I'm in a red state or a red district. My vote won't count.

Here's why it matters.
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(THREAD)
(2) The GOP has erected many barriers to voting, including voter ID laws & lax security that undermines voter confidence in elections. But perhaps their most powerful tool is voter suppression through gerrymandering.

It's how the GOP won the House in 2012
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(3) Gerrymandering is when state legislatures draw up districts in order to heavily weight conservative votes. Republican gerrymandering after the 2010 census helped win a majority of House seats for the GOP in 2012 even though they got fewer votes across congressional districts.
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Sep 30, 2018
This #SundayMorning let's chat about what has become obvious during the Kavanaugh hearings.

We're still deep in the patriarchy, peeps.

The #MeToo movement has exposed the pervasiveness & persistence of misogyny. How do we fight back & dismantle sexism once and for all?
(THREAD)
(2) Let's start here.

One of the biggest problems is while women make up half the population, we don't have control of the institutions that have power over our lives.

From executive boardrooms to the halls of Congress, men's interests are & have always been OVER represented.
(3) That means men's voices are heard more often & that they are more involved in decisions. In business, in politics & in the media.

Despite GOP's rage-fueled defense of "good men" targeted by #MeToo the facts don't support that men are a minority being victimized in America.
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Sep 29, 2018
I want to address what some have critiqued about Dr. Ford's accusations.

Why doesn't she recall more specifics?

Some survivors say they don't believe her because she doesn't remember the same details they do about their own assaults.

Let's deal with this bullshit.
(THREAD)
(2) My first assault happened when I was 12 years old. I remember what pajamas I was wearing. I remember what movie we were watching. I remember what beer he was drinking. I can recall specific smells and sounds and almost every nuance of that interaction seared on my brain.
(3) I was assaulted by 2 men in my best friend's house when I was 17. I remember their names of course because I went to high school with them. But I don't remember much else. Not what movie we watched. Not what I was wearing.

I hadn't been drinking, but the details are fuzzy.
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Sep 16, 2018
This #SundayMorning we're delving into a question that's on everyone's mind these days. With only 51 days left until midterms, the forecast for Dems to take the House is looking pretty sunny.

Is it possible for Dems to take the Senate as well?
(Thread)
(2) First off, anything is possible. Trump wasn't favored to win the Presidency either and here we are. I guess the real question becomes is it likely for Dems to take the Senate in the upcoming midterms.

The answer is NO. It's not likely.
Here's why.

theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
(3) To take the Senate, Dems would need to hold onto every single seat they currently have, including 10 Dem senators in states Trump won by huge margins like West Virginia and North Dakota.

Senators in the most trouble? Nelson, Heitkamp, and McCaskill.

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This #SundayMorning we're digging into a question that has perplexed several news organizations looking into Brett Kavanaugh's financials.

How do you rack up between $60,000-$200,000 in credit card debt on baseball tickets and then make the debt disappear a year later?
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(2) First off let's explain what the hell is going on here. Brett Kavanaugh's finances are super suspicious. Kavanaugh makes about $250K as a judge and from lecturing at Harvard, but he also owes on a $1.2 million home that has been refinanced twice.

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(3) In fact, Kavanaugh's finances tell a story of how he has lived beyond his means for the better part of a decade. Several times, his debt burden has exceeded his liquid assets.

That's not alarming on its own, but the details of that debt matter.
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