Mississippi senators react to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony; accuse Democrats of partisan tactics

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Saul Loeb / Pool Photo via Associated PressSupreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
Both of Mississippi’s Republican U.S. senators expressed no change of heart after Thursday’s historic committee hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, one of two women to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday, recounting the evening 36 years ago in which she said she was sexually assaulted by President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Kavanaugh later gave forceful testimony denying the allegations.
Andrew Harnik / pool photo via Associated PressChristine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith – the first woman to ever represent Mississippi in Washington – dismissed Ford’s allegations as a partisan attack and expressed support for Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Let’s be clear: Opponents of Judge Kavanaugh are engaged in character assassination to destroy the reputation of a devoted public servant and a loving husband and father,” Hyde-Smith tweeted from her campaign’s Twitter account just minutes after Ford was dismissed. “I will not stand by and watch it happen.”
“I watched today’s hearing with an open mind,” Wicker said in a statement after the hearing concluded on Thursday. “We saw Dr. Ford make a serious claim, and we saw Judge Kavanaugh strongly and effectively deny the charges made against him. There are no witnesses and no evidence to substantiate these or any of the allegations that have been made. In fact, the allegations made by Dr. Ford have been refuted by all the witnesses she claimed were present. The accusations are also wildly inconsistent with the upstanding reputation Judge Kavanaugh has earned throughout his life among those who know him best. We