Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher stopped Sen Jeff Flake on Friday morning and spent nearly five minutes yelling at him after they learned he had decided to support the SCOTUS nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Archila said Friday night in an interview with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper,
“Both of us were just enraged. I wanted him to be a hero.“
The encounter happened in an elevator over Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and allegations of sexual assault brought against him by multiple women.
““What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them.”
…you’re telling all women in America, that they don’t matter. They should just keep it to themselves because if they have told the truth you’re just going to help that man to power anyway.”
The other woman, 23-year-old Maria Gallagher said,
“I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me. I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you are going to ignore them…“
After the confrontation, Flake said he would NOT vote to confirm Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation.
The day before, Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he never sexually assaulted anyone, including Christine Blasey Ford who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.
Archila said she thinks Flake was moved not just by her and Gallagher’s stories of being sexually assaulted, but also by other women, including Ford, who have recently stepped up.
Archila also said of Flake,
“I wanted him to be a hero.“
(Photos, YouTube; via CNN)