Asked whether her being one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee impacts the Brett Kavanaugh proceedings, Senator Mazie Hirono says, “I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
Asked Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at a Capitol Hill news conference about being one of four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and whether the low number of women on the committee will affect the nomination proceedings; Sen.Mazie Hirono said, “Of course it helps that there are women on that committee. … But really, guess who’s perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is under extra scrutiny after Christine Blasey Ford brought forward allegations of sexual assault she says occurred in high school 36 years ago.
Hirono also said, “Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed. They need to be believed” … “Her account is very credible” … “I believe her.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono is a Hawaii Democrat — the first elected female Senator from Hawaii, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, the first U.S. Senator born in Japan, and the nation’s first Buddhist Senator. She has been a senator since January 3, 2013, and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii’s 2nd District from January 3, 2007 until January 3, 2013.
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A group of more than 75 women convened at a Washington hotel to voice their support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party when the two were teens.