“How many ways can we keep re-traumatizing Blasey Ford.”
Time magazine’s decision to include Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh alongside the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her, Christine Blasey Ford, on its annual 100 Most Influential People list sparked an outcry from liberals, some of whom accused the publication of “re-traumatizing” Blasey Ford.
The Time 100 list, released Wednesday, categorized Blasey Ford as an Icon, labeled Kavanaugh a Leader and prompted a strongly worded tweet from feminist HuffPost writer Laura Bassett.
“Imagine making Time’s 100 Most Influential People list because you accused a prominent man of sexual assault, and then finding out he is on the same list,” she wrote. “How many ways can we keep re-traumatizing Blasey Ford.”
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Bassett’s comments echoed those of other outraged Blasey Ford sympathizers, one of whom tweeted, “THE HORROR,” in reply. Feminist writer Amee Vanderpool claimed that Time had shown “speaking out so publicly can mean the disrespect never ends.” Liberal Twitter personality Ed Krassenstein said it was a “shame that Christine Blasey Ford needs to share the honor on the #TIME100 list with Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump.”
Progressive actress Jessica Chastain expressed similar sentiments, tweeting that it was “so disappointing” for Time to have included Blasey-Ford “on the same list as the man she said assaulted her.”
“Christine Blasey Ford > Brett Kavanaugh,” she added.
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Amid the rush of liberals flocking to defend her, Blasey Ford’s detractors were also out in full force.
“Remember when we were all constantly told that Christine Blasey Ford had absolutely nothing to gain by coming forward to make an extremely old, totally uncorroborated & highly politically charged allegation against Brett Kavanaugh?” wrote Mediaite senior columnist John Ziegler. “Yeah, that was total bullcrap…”
Many of the comments in reply to Time’s tweet highlighting Blasey Ford for making the list were critical of the Palo Alto University professor.
Ford lied about her ability to travel. She lied about the house renovation. But most importantly she told a crazy unsubstantiated story of a event that she could not recall, where it was , who was there, how she got home, who she talked to on cell phones that weren’t invented
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Several commenters accused Blasey Ford of lying and also charged Democrats with using her as a prop in a calculated smear campaign against Kavanaugh.
Blasey Ford’s profile for her place in the Icon category was written by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
“Christine Blasey Ford’s ambition wasn’t to become a household name or make it onto this list,” Harris wrote. “She had a good life and a successful career—and risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence.”
Last month, anti-sexual violence organization RADIANCE drew backlash from commenters on social media after naming Blasey Ford its “Person of the Year.”
A #MeToo media firestorm erupted last year after Ford’s allegations, that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when the two were teenagers, surfaced in Sept. 2018. Republicans were furious at the timing of the charges, which came shortly after Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process kicked off, and accused Democrats of a politically motivated smear campaign aimed at derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Ford’s credibility was hotly debated in the political sphere. No contemporaneous witnesses to the alleged assault ever came forward. Four witnesses affirmed Ford’s account that she had told others of the alleged attack, but, according to the veteran sex crimes prosecutor who questioned Ford, “refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.” Kavanaugh was eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court after a contentious public testimony.
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