Joni Ernst Didn’t Even Watch Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

"I trust Senator Grassley," Ernst told a reporter, explaining why she didn't plan to watch the testimony of a woman who credibly accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault despite claiming to support the #MeToo movement

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Over the weekend, we pointed out that during an interview Friday with Fox News, Joni Ernst, a self-proclaimed advocate for victims of sexual assault in the US military, barely even acknowleged Christine Blasey Ford while heaping sympathy on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling him to “stay strong” against her allegations of sexual assault.

Here’s another bit of recent news we didn’t catch then: On Friday, Politico‘s Rachael Bade reported that Ernst didn’t even watch Ford’s testimony the day before. Asked by a reporter if she planned to, Ernst replied no, adding, “I trust Senator Grassley,” the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

“But a few hours later, Ernst showed up in the hearing room to watch Grassley and his all-male Republican panel hear Kavanaugh describe the ‘ordeal’ he’d been through in recent weeks,” Bade reported.

The report also noted a conference call Ernst took part in with Iowa reporters that day, during which the senator claimed to be a supporter of the #MeToo movement. “I have been a supporter of the MeToo movement,” she said. “But these are very difficult situations that happen … and sometimes they can’t be corroborated.”

As we’ve explained before, claims from Kavanaugh and his supporters that no corroborating evidence exists are false.

Gavin Aronsen
Gavin Aronsen is an editor and reporter for and founding member of the Iowa Informer. He previously worked as a city reporter for the Ames Tribune, research assistant to investigative journalist Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and in various roles at Mother Jones, where his work contributed to a National Magazine Award nomination for the magazine's digital media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Email: garonsen [at] iowainformer [dot] com.