It just might cost her in the midterms. Here’s the 411.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) was initially going to vote ‘Yes’ for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but after rewatching his fiery opening statement when sitting Democratic Senators on the Judicial Committee ‘believed all women’ including the one alleging that he was a mastermind of a gang-rape ring when he was 15, she changed her mind.
She had listened to both Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh with the sound on, but then she decided to see if Kavanaugh’s acerbic tone was just in his words, or if his ‘temperament’ was disqualifying.
‘I was concerned about these allegations but willing to give him the benefit of the doubt,‘ Heitkamp told CNN.
“It’s something I do,” she said, “We communicate not only with words, but with our body language and demeanor.”“I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, ‘well of course you’re going to see rage he’s being falsely accused,’ but it is at all times you’re to acquit yourself with a demeanor that’s becoming of the court,” Heitkamp said.
Heitkamp then sagely declared, ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them.‘
Surprise, surprise, she found that his body language was enough evidence. Not the FBI report that didn’t find any corroboration for Professor Ford’s story — the ever-changing story of an allegation of groping and maybe, possibly an attempt at rape over 36 years ago.
What. A. Shocker.
It should be noted that Sen. Heitkamp was trailing her Republican challenger, Kevin Cramer, in the polls by double-digits at the time, so her ‘non-political’ decision was ‘In for a penny, in for a pound’ to court the anti-Trump leftists — though she doesn’t describe it that way.
Watch her discuss with Anderson Cooper the decision to vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh and take the ‘moral high ground’ even if it cost her:
It wasn’t political, guys! She was just doing what was right for her.
There’s just one problem with that — that’s not exactly what she told CNN.
She said the ‘final straw’ was Kavanaugh’s interaction with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that sealed the deal. Heitkamp didn’t like the Judge’s annoyed reaction to a leading question by Klobuchar suggesting that maybe he did indeed get blackout drunk in high school and could have attempted to rape Professor Ford without realizing it. This was after Klobuchar used the initial hearing to grandstand saying that the process was ‘not normal’ because ‘he was hand-picked by TRUMP!’
It was also Heitkamp’s own experience as an attorney that changed her mind. Having dealt with victims of sexual assault, she said she instinctively believed Ford.
“I certainly think I have expertise beyond a number of people within the United States Senate and that expertise is that I have sat across the desk with victims people I’ve believed when they told me their story, and I had to say,’I believe you but these cases can’t be proved beyond a reasonable doubt so we can’t proceed with the prosecution.’ And when you’ve done that, you know for a victim, the most important thing you can say is ‘I believe you’ if you do, and I think it really came down to that I believed her,” Heitkamp recalled.Source: CNN