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THREAD: With the #Kavanaugh stories coming out of the @nytimes, I want to share some original reporting that has been ignored.

Christine Blasey Ford was an even bigger hero than you know.

Please share this. The world deserves to know her story.
2/ Dr. Ford had never even told her husband about #Kavanaugh’s sexual assault.

They were remodeling their house, and Dr. Ford insisted on building a SECOND FRONT DOOR so she would feel safe. Her husband thought this was ridiculous, so she told him through a therapist.
3/ She was beyond terrified of speaking up, but felt a deep civic duty to this country to tell the Senators voting her experience.

She did not sleep for TWO DAYS before sending this message to @SenFeinstein. She was desperately hoping the Senator would keep her name out of it.
4/ Her privacy was betrayed, and her name went public. Dr. Ford hired lawyers, not knowing they were some of the top gender discrimination legal experts in the country.

The lawyers felt her trust in the system showed both naïveté and bravery. They talked her into testifying.
5/ At one point, Dr. Ford CRAWLED INTO HER CHILDREN’S BED AND WEPT, she was so terrified of what she was about to endure.

Yet, she knew she could not live with herself if she did not speak up. That’s how much she loved this country and believed in it.
6/ This is SHOCKING.

Republican Senator @ChuckGrassley was so inflexible working with Dr. Ford, her lawyer was forced to schedule conferences about her testimony while she was groggy from anesthesia after surgery.

What a jackass.
7/ Because her name had been released against her will Dr. Ford had been forced to hire private security. She was getting extreme amounts of death threats from Trump supporters.
8/ The blue suit Dr. Ford is so famous for wearing while testifying? It was not even hers.

Her lawyers had ordered 11 different suits for her, and none of them were her style. They were trying to turn an academic who surfed obsessively into a credible Washington witness.
9/ Dr. Ford REFUSED to even practice the answers she’d give the committee, not wanting to sound rehearsed or false.
10/ We all know how this story ended. The Republicans didn’t care, confirmed #Kavanaugh anyway with a sham hearing.

As Dr. Ford’s lawyers put it, the outcome may not have changed. Power in the senate might not have changed. But the American people DID CHANGE AND EXPECT BETTER.
11/ We all owe Dr. Ford a great debt. Coming forward and testifying was an extraordinary act of courage.

Dr. Ford, your belief in this country and our institutions is awe-inspiring, and you are the embodiment of courage.

We do not deserve you.
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