Conservative writer Ben Shapiro on Sunday slammed former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett for a tweet she made last week, saying that supporting “due process” is not anti-women.
Shapiro said Jarrett’s attempt to call the proceedings that led to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh anti-women was “disingenuous.”
“This attempt to conflate support for due process with opposition to women is so disingenuous and transparent,” Shapiro tweeted in a reply to Jarrett’s tweet that said to survivors of sexual assault that she “stands with” them and “change is coming.”
This attempt to conflate support for due process with opposition to women is so disingenuous and transparent https://t.co/IsNHqPO4DB
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 7, 2018
Jarrett tweeted on Friday, “To all of the survivors of sexual assault, & women who wonder if they will be believed if they are attacked, know there’s a growing, powerful movement of support that will always have your back.”
“We believe you,” she said. “We will stand with you. We will defend you. Change is coming.”
To all of the survivors of sexual assault, & women who wonder if they will be believed if they are attacked, know there’s a growing, powerful movement of support that will always have your back. We believe you. We will stand with you. We will defend you. Change is coming.
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) October 5, 2018
Jarrett posted the tweet the day the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Senate floor for a final vote, which he subsequently won confirmation in a narrow vote on Saturday.
Kavanaugh, already passionately opposed by many on the left, became the object of protest following accusations made against him by three women of varying degrees of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh fervently denied the allegations.
Republican senators who viewed a report from an FBI investigation into the first two allegations have said that the investigation offered no corroborating evidence of the women’s claims.
Democratic senators, who also had access to the report, have not disputed this claim, instead arguing that the investigation was not thoroughly performed.
A third allegation, by Julie Swetnick, was not included in the FBI probe because it was deemed not to be credible and still remains uncorroborated, despite attempts from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News to uncover any supporting evidence.
Some on the left have targeted Kavanaugh’s supporters as being anti-woman.
Former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki slammed Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Ryan blasts Medicare for all | Senate Dems to force vote on ‘junk’ insurance plans | Ads hit Collins over Kavanaugh vote Ryan: GOP base ‘activated’ and ‘animated’ by Kavanaugh fight West Virginia councilman responds to Kavanaugh confirmation: ‘Get your coat hangers ready’ MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday for her vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Psaki called Collins’s vote “political cowardice,” saying, “That is somebody who is pretending to be a feminist but that is fake feminism.”
Collins said during a speech on the Senate floor Friday and in comments Sunday that she found Kavanaugh’s first accuser to be credible, but that there was not enough evidence to meet the “more likely than not” standard.
Some have warned that abandoning the presumption of innocence for men accused of sex crimes will be particularly dangerous for not only men but for women.
“And we as women need to be careful because if there’s a presumption of guilt in all cases, how are we gonna get people to listen to us in the next case?” NBC host Megyn Kelly said last Thursday.