Actress/activist Alyssa Milano tells Cosmopolitan about what it was like to be at last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:
The room was small, really tiny—and it was filled anger.
I’ve done a lot of work on the Hill in the last 20 years—lobbying for certain issues, taking meetings with senators—and for all the dozens of times I’ve been in those hallways, I’ve never felt tension like I did yesterday.
When Kavanaugh walked in, it felt like a scene out of a movie. He walked through the door, he walked down the aisle, and all you heard were the shutters from all the cameras—capturing him, capturing this moment in history. There were some audible gasps. The room shifted. Some people left, saying they didn’t want to hear what he had to say, while his supporters arrived. I’m glad that I stayed.
I couldn’t see his face. All I could see was him pouring water and his back moving up and down as he breathed really deeply, almost like an animal.
But I could hear him—his anger and his rage. And I could feel it…
…Kavanaugh was so volatile and emotional. I was just sitting there thinking to myself, If a woman had acted like this during a line of questioning, she would be considered totally unhinged or hormonal or accused of having a meltdown, or worse, of being a bitch. So watching him, I just felt like, this guy does not have the temperament to be on the Supreme Court, regardless of the allegations…
…It was all so emotional. I was sitting next to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and at one point she passed me a tissue. I rubbed her back. It was a moment of solidarity for the women who were present. It was heavy.
I think if the testimonies were swapped—if Kavanaugh had gone first and we had left after Dr. Ford’s testimony—I would have felt better. But when I left, I felt total defeat…
Read her entire account of what transpired here.
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