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Trump, Kavanaugh and a bestial and malevolent horror show

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SIMPLY by being captivated by the drama that played out inside that committee room on Washington’s Capitol Hill on Thursday you felt tainted. You knew that when you discussed it with friends at the weekend you would be using words like ‘theatre’ and ‘extraordinary’ and ‘breathtaking’ as if it were the latest in the Star Wars franchise. And so the process of anaesthetising yourself from the effects of something genuinely wicked would have begun.

This wickedness forced a woman who was the victim of a violent sexual assault and attempted rape to justify her decision to come forward and then to attempt to strip her of her dignity, her self-worth and humanity. That she prevailed in the eye of this onslaught was the only blessed and untainted aspect of this perverse and unholy charade.

Christine Blasey-Ford was the victim of an attempted rape 35 years ago at a social gathering in the elite Wisteria neighbourhoods of upper-state Washington DC. Not even Brett Kavanaugh, the man whom she accuses of perpetrating this crime, questions it. One of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a prosecutor himself, who listened to Ms Ford’s testimony remarked that she had easily met all the conditions demanded by the US judicial process for a complaint of this nature to succeed: she was consistent, specific in dates and times and clear in her recollection of the detail of the attack.

Yet here she was being cross-examined at a hearing hastily-convened to ensure Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court........

© Herald Scotland