Be not surprised, for I bring you tidings that were goddamned predictable

It takes great courage to step out and expose powerful, awful people, and as she knew ahead of time, Christine Blasey Ford is also facing the consequences of her bravery.

Christine Blasey Ford was hesitant to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because she feared facing public attacks. “Why suffer through the annihilation if it’s not going to matter?” she said in an interview with the Washington Post.

Her fears were not unfounded. Within hours of revealing her identity, personal attacks were launched against Ford. Some senators expressed their doubts about the truthfulness of Ford’s statements. Senator Orrin Hatch asserted that Ford was “mixed up.”

Now, the New York Times is reporting that Ford is being sent death threats. An unnamed source told the Times that following the threats, Ford and her two teenaged children moved out of their home. Ford also hired private security. One of the messages reportedly said that Ford had “6 months to live, you disgusting slime.”

I hope those two kids are fully aware of the sacrifice their mother made for the truth, and they’re proud of her for it.


  1. microraptor says

    My mom’s first reaction to hearing about the allegations was “why didn’t she come out before now,” justifying why Ms Ford and so many other victims don’t.

  2. Onamission5 says

    As I understand it, she didn’t choose to reveal her identity. She was doxxed and then came forward in order to get ahead of the impending damage.

  3. woozy says

    Did you format this incorrectly? The last paragraph in the blockquote was, I presume, yours?

    “My mom’s first reaction to hearing about the allegations was “why didn’t she come out before now,””

    Well, at the time, she was a teenager and intimidated. That’s easy to understand (albeit sad and frustrating.) Now he is being nominated to a position of public power. I don’t see what relevance doing it sometime, say, in 1998 or 2011, for no particular reason would do… so it’s not that relevant a question.

  4. lotharloo says

    Do you think Dianne Feinstein released the accusations late in hopes of delaying the confirmation to after the elections? That’s the only thing that’s tickling me the wrong way.

  5. fusilier says

    Lotharlooo @12

    cough, cough Merrick Garland cough cough

    fusilier, who went to an all-male college prep school, in 1967, and never tried to rape anyone

    James 2:24