Michigan lawmakers react to Kavanaugh vote

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford sent shock waves across the country after she came forward and accused then Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school more than 30 years ago.

It was a testimony state lawmakers including Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel says was baffling.

“I think the entire process has been a tragedy in many ways. For me the biggest is the encouraged future silence of women,” said Hertel.

Hertel, an advocate for sexual assault survivors says the hearing has created a “chilling effect” nationwide causing our country to take a step back and he feels Kavanaugh isn’t fit for the position of a Supreme Court Justice.

“I think that his demeanor during the hearing was not becoming of a Supreme Court Justice. I think that there are several points at which he obviously did not tell the full truth,” Hertel stated.

But lawmakers on the other side of the aisle, including Michigan Republican Senator Rick Jones disagrees and says no evidence found Kavanaugh guilty of sexual assault.

“I was a police officer for 31 years and have deep respect for somebody that will come forward and tell their story, it’s very difficult to do, but in this case there was just absolutely no corroborating evidence,” said Jones.

And because of that, Jones believes Kavanaugh is suitable for the role of Supreme Court Justice.

“As far as I know from all the FBI investigations, I understand he was a renowned judge,” Jones stated.

But if there’s one thing these lawmakers can agree on, it’s getting people out to vote next month for the general election.

“I think for all of us that are concerned about these issues, it makes this next election even more important,” said Hertel.

“I think this country is facing very serious elections in the next 30 days and people are going to have to decide,” Jones stated.

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