Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night in an emotional speech, during which he insisted that the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not a broader referendum on caring about women.
“I’m here to talk about the false choice that is being repeated hour after hour after hour on television that this confirmation vote about one vacant seat on the Supreme Court, in that vote we are somehow going to be making a giant binary choice about the much broader issue of whether we do or do not care about women. That is simply not true,” he said.
He also took shots at President Donald Trump and his mockery of professor Christine Blasey Ford. “We all know that the President cannot lead us through this time,” Sasse said. “We know that he’s dispositionally unable to restrain his impulse to divide us.”
He bemoaned the fact that Trump did not nominate a woman for the seat, implying his own prescience about possible allegations that could surface.
“I urged the president to nominate a woman,” he said. “Part of my argument then was that the very important #MeToo movement was also very new and that this Senate is not at all well prepared to handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault that might have come forward.”
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) October 4, 2018