Viral 'Look at Me When I'm Talking to You!': Sexual Assault Victims Confront Flake Before Kavanaugh Vote
Sen. Jeff Flake was confronted by two female protesters in a Capitol Hill elevator on Friday after he announced that he'd support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Flake (R-Ariz.) had been undecided before announcing his support for the nominee.
The two protesters, both explaining they were victims of sexual assaults, began shouting at Flake because of his expected vote for Kavanaugh.
"Look at me when I'm talking to you!" she yelled. "You're telling me that my assault doesn't matter, that what happened to me doesn't matter!"
NOW: @AnaMariaArchil2 confronts @JeffFlake before Senate Judiciary Committee. Shares her story of sexual assault and demands an explanation on his statement saying he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. He refuses to answer. #StopKavanaugh @CPDAction @BeAHeroTeam pic.twitter.com/VUZI8C0XVM
— Make the Road Action (@MaketheRoadAct) September 28, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday over Ford's sexual assault accusations toward the nominee.
"You're going to let people who do these things into power. That's what you're telling me when you vote for him," the protester told Flake on Friday.
Flake later voted for Kavanaugh's nomination to go to the full Senate floor later.
However, he called for a week-long FBI investigation into Ford's allegations before he would support the nominee.
The confrontation went viral, with the woman later being identified in reports as Maria Gallagher, 23, who showed up the Senate office building to protest Kavanaugh's confirmation.
I feel relieved that @JeffFlake seems to have heard my and @AnaMariaArchil2’s voices in the Senate elevator today. We absolutely need an FBI investigation and for him and all Senators to vote NO. #StopKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/VnsfTIRGXJ
— Maria Gallagher (@mgallagher822) September 28, 2018
The other woman, Ana Maria Archila, said she had spoken previously to Flake this week and told him of her sexual assault, emphasizing that Dr. Ford is telling the truth.
"This is not tolerable!" she told him, explaining that a man who sexually assaulted a woman cannot be allowed to sit on the Supreme Court.
Protesters confront Republican Senator Flake following his statement in support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/2rjRmoBvUt
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 28, 2018