OPINION

Mazie Hirono, an American Icon

Senator Mazie Hirono made it clear to the American public what they should do in the face of a Supreme Court Justice being accused of sexual assault: shut up and step up.

The Democrat from my home state is encouraging us to take our pent-up rage and anger and do our duty by voting. Senator Hirono believes that women who bravely come forward after being assaulted need to be both heard and believed. The victimization and smearing of assault survivors, like Dr. Ford, is unacceptable.

The Senator also wants to create and foster an environment where owmen can come forward, be heard and be listened to. When addressing the press, she made her expectations clear that they should discuss how unfair Kavanaugh’s accusers are being treated.

I think we all know when something is not fair, when something smells. This is so patently not fair to her and what really bothers me and gets me so angry that the White House is victimizing this person. Why don’t we get that out there? Why should we participate in the victimization of someone who has the courage to come forward? And she is under no obligation to participate in a smearing of her and her family. That is why I am very clear about what needs to happen. But at the same time if the Republicans go forward with their plan to railroad this fast-track as they have so many other nominations, I expect the members of the press to talk about how unfair that is. I don’t think that is editorializing, that is laying out the facts. I expect that from you guys…

Although Kavanaugh got nominated to the Supreme Court, it is my hope that this nomination has stirred a heat of frustration in the hearts of women that will not be easily quenched. It is not only unjust, but a mockery to the entire American judicial and legislative process that a man in the highest law of the land is allowed to succeed despite very viable accusations of sexual assault on women.

Hopefully this era brings the change we need for equality and respect in the greater society. As for now, I’m counting on people like Mazie Hirono to take charge and make sure women’s voices are heard.

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