Democratic Senator Furious Over Republicans Offering Kavanaugh's Accuser Opportunity To Testify

"The callousness with which she was treated."

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) expressed her anger at Republicans on Wednesday for giving Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee so that her voice can be heard before a vote to confirm Kavanaugh takes place.

Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Hirono said that she did not know that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was sitting on a letter that contained allegations against Kavanaugh.

"You know what happened right after she came forward on Sunday?" Hirono asked. "I think that's when most of us read about it. That the committee said, 'Oh, hey, we want to have a hearing with you. How about this coming Tuesday? Oh, if that's not good, how about Thursday?' The callousness with which she was treated."

"You know, for any of us to have dealt at all with the experience of sexual trauma knows that this is a very particularly damaging kind of experience," Hirono continued. "And you do not treat a person who has gone through this like, 'Oh, well, hey, how about this?' You know, I think it's appalling."

Hirono claimed that if Christine Blasey Ford testifies, she will be "re-victimized" as she continued to criticize Republican's offer to Ford, which she said "is additional callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by."

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