A scheduled appearance by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday has been put on pause. Ford has requested that the FBI investigate Kavanaugh further before she testifies.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a violent attempted rape when the two of them were in high school. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the claims and, according to a White House spokesperson, will do so again during next week’s hearing.

“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation,” remarked Raj Shah of the Trump Administration.

Discussing the turmoil, Trump told reporters that he feels “so badly” for Kavanaugh. This reflexive pity for a man accused of attempted rape is emblematic of the issues that we face as a society. The fact that Ford has—just this week—moved to a new home due to a torrent of death threats makes Trump’s remarks even more sickening and underscores how this situation amounts to one of the most consequential tests for the #MeToo movement to date.

The allegation is deeply disturbing. According to Ford, Kavanaugh locked the door to a room they were in and held her down, covering her mouth as she attempted to scream while he drunkenly attempted to rip her clothes off.

Ford is a thoroughly credible accuser. She has furnished six-year-old notes from therapy sessions that detail the assault. She told her therapist that the attack was carried out by assailants who became “high-ranking members of society in Washington.” Her husband confirmed that she told him about Kavanaugh around the same time. This all took place long before Kavanaugh became a nominee to sit on the most powerful judicial bench in the country.

Ari Fleischer. a former Bush Administration official, disparaged the idea of impeding someone’s career because of their youth on Fox News:  “Should that deny us chances later in life? Even for Supreme Court job, a presidency of the United States, or you name it?”

In the case of a violent sexual assault, the answer is unequivocally yes.

Never mind the fact that children who grow up in underserved communities lack the safeguards afforded by privilege. Their misdeeds follow them for life. The #MeToo movement is, in part, about the entitlement enjoyed by powerful men like Kavanaugh and how they shirk accountability for their heinous actions.

Whether or not Kavanaugh receives a seat on the Supreme Court will show just how much we’ve progressed in the past few years, as well as how much further we still have to go.

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