Susan Collins Finds the “One Silver Lining” of the Kavanaugh Debacle

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After casting one of two decisive votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday that she hopes more women will now be inspired to press sexual assault charges against their assailants.

Because speaking out about sexual assault worked out so well for Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick.

“The one silver lining that I hope will come from this is that more women will press charges now when they are assaulted,” Collins told John Dickerson on Face the Nation today. Earlier in the day, Collins said she thinks Ford was assaulted by someone—just not Kavanaugh.


And who really knows? Perhaps more women will continue to throw themselves in front of the train.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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