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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.

Adam Kruppa, bartender at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, watches the testimony on a television at the bar.
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Adam Kruppa, bartender at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, watches the testimony on a television at the bar.

A news ticker in New York City's Times Square shows headlines about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
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A news ticker in New York City's Times Square shows headlines about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.

On airplanes, they watched. And some cried.

They watched on C-SPAN, where some viewers began calling in with their own stories of sexual assault.

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.

Protesters and supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination watch Christine Blasey Ford's testimony from Sen. Chuck Grassley's office in Washington, D.C.
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Protesters and supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination watch Christine Blasey Ford's testimony from Sen. Chuck Grassley's office 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.

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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