A Nation Is Riveted As Christine Blasey Ford Testifies
As Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, people across the U.S. tuned in to watch her tell the emotional story of her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavavaugh more than 30 years ago.
Across the country — on the radio, television or the phones they carried — Americans listened.
On airplanes, they watched. And some cried.
JFK-SLC. 16A: Crying. 14B: Crying. 17C: Weeping.— (((Ron Lieber))) (@ronlieber) September 27, 2018
They watched on C-SPAN, where some viewers began calling in with their own stories of sexual assault.
Brenda from Missouri calls C-SPAN— CSPAN (@cspan) September 27, 2018
"I'm a 76-year-old woman who was sexually molested in 2nd grade. This brings back so much pain. Thought I was over it but it's not. You will never forget it. You get confused & you don't understand it but you never forget what happened to you." pic.twitter.com/uCgroeQ4B5
They watched in classrooms, where some students were the same ages as Ford or Kavanaugh, who were both high-schoolers when the assault allegedly took place.
And, of course, they watched in Washington, D.C.
Recognizing the cultural moment, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., shared photos of themselves watching Ford's testimony.
Searing. Powerful. Brave. The details of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony are heart-wrenching to hear. I hope every single Senator not only watches, but listens. Thank you Dr. Ford for your courage. #IBelieveChristineBlaseyFord pic.twitter.com/xERtUm5kSE— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) September 27, 2018
After nearly 2 1/2 hours, Ford's testimony and questioning ended. Kavanaugh arrived and sat before the committee to deliver his own testimony and submit to questioning.
And America watched.
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