Heidi Heitkamp turned the volume down on Brett Kavanaugh’s rage and decided to vote no
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was ready to vote to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. The North Dakota Democrat—three words that spell out her vulnerability this November—voted for Donald Trump’s previous Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and was poised to do the same for Kavanaugh. Then, after watching and listening to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers and watching and listening to Kavanaugh’s angry denial, Heitkamp turned off the volume and watched Kavanaugh again:
“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.
With regard to his demeanor, Heitkamp said the final straw was the way Kavanaugh went after her Democratic colleague from Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, when he asked her if she had ever blacked out drunk after she had asked him the same question.
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them,” Heitkamp said.
Kavanaugh showed us all who he is, and Heitkamp believed him, even though she knew that Republicans would renew their attacks on her as a result. And she did so even though another Democrat from a Trump-voting state, Sen. Joe Manchin, decided either to believe Kavanaugh over Ford or to believe that voting for Kavanaugh would make Republicans go easy on him—a decision between a dishonest misogyny and a foolish naivete.