On Tuesday, Time Magazine recognized Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford on its list of the 100 most influential people of the year. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a top 2020 Democratic presidential contender, wrote a glowing profile on Blasey Ford, gushing that the California-based professor “risked it all” by accusing then-D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct soon after President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court.
However, after Kavanaugh was grilled by Congress over the uncorroborated, decades-old, dubious claim from Blasey Ford, it was found that there was “no evidence to substantiate any of the claims.”
“In neither the committee’s investigation nor in the supplemental background investigation conducted by the FBI was there ANY evidence to substantiate or corroborate any of the allegations,” the Senate Judiciary Committee said.
Kavanaugh was finally confirmed to the bench in early October. Blasey Ford collected some $650,000 from a GoFundMe account in November.
“Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country. Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans,” said Senator Harris about Blasey Ford in the Time profile.
“And her unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence,” Harris continued.
“Christine Blasey Ford’s ambition wasn’t to become a household name or make it onto this list,” Harris said. “She had a good life and a successful career — and risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence.”
“At her core, she is a teacher. And through her courage, she forced the country to reckon with an issue that has too often been ignored and kept in the dark,” the senator added.
.@KamalaHarris on Christine Blasey Ford: “Through her courage, she forced the country to reckon with an issue that has too often been ignored and kept in the dark” #TIME100 https://t.co/oGvaKmCfbf pic.twitter.com/3CI34H3mos
— TIME (@TIME) April 17, 2019
Harris was a fierce attacker of Mr. Kavanaugh during his confirmation ordeal. She even put the judge on record to question him about a highly dubious, nonspecific, anonymous accusation of rape she received in the form of a handwritten two-page letter sent to her office. The anonymous accuser offered no location, no date, no corroboration, and no names; still, the senator read it into the record, intentionally muddying Kavanaugh’s name further. Mind you, the judge was not so much as told of the letter’s existence before he was questioned about it.
Though Kavanaugh was confirmed on October 6, Blasey Ford kept taking monetary donations via a GoFundMe account in her name until November 21.
“The funds you have sent through GoFundMe have been a godsend. Your donations have allowed us to take reasonable steps to protect ourselves against frightening threats, including physical protection and security for me and my family, and to enhance the security for our home,” she told her supporters in a message posted to the crowdfunding site, adding, “With immense gratitude, I am closing this account to further contributions.”
“Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” she continued.
“Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support,” Blasey Ford said.
Kavanaugh also made Time’s 100 list. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote his profile. “[W]hen unhinged partisanship and special interests sought to distract the Senate from considering those qualifications, we saw other facets of Justice Kavanaugh’s character shine forth as well,” the Republican wrote. “The country saw his resilience and commitment to public service. We saw his loyal devotion to family and friends. We saw his undeterred reverence for the law, for precedents and for our nation’s highest traditions.”