A Catholic group claiming to speak on behalf of #MomsForKavanaugh ran a fear-mongering ad insisting Brett Kavanaugh’s life was “totally and permanently destroyed” by false sexual assault allegations — and that the same could happen to other “good” men.
CatholicVote.org, a non-profit that was founded to promote “pro-life” candidates in Congress, created the dramatic video showing young boys growing up “into men of virtue” and taking on virtuous and courageous jobs… before showing clips from Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony prior to confirmation with ominous text trying to scare mothers into supporting his placement on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Catholic moms created an ad in support of Kavanaugh in tribute to their sons who they fear can be attacked one day by slutty wicked liar women claiming sexual harrassment.
"If it could happen to him…" pic.twitter.com/c9s5UFGJKm
— TheGirlsLikeMe (@DoreenGLM) October 5, 2018
If it can happen to him…
It can happen to our sons
It can happen to our brothers
It can happen to our fathers
It can happen to our husbands
It can happen to you
By the way, the tweet we embedded above isn’t from the original source. That’s because CatholicVote appears to have taken down the video from all of its social media without explanation. But not before it evoked plenty of reactions from critics. (Update: The video is gone from Twitter, too. Don’t worry. We saved a copy if anyone needs it.)
Still, it’s worth discussing the video since the sentiment was common among conservatives. It suggests that over-achieving men are all potential “victims,” just one evil woman’s false claim away from their downfall… even though there are plenty of powerful men who aren’t accused of wrongdoing, and even though there is lots of data suggesting the rate of false claims is incredibly low.
While the video was meant to conjure up support for Kavanaugh, who was eventually confirmed, it reinforced the false notion that most sexual assault allegations are the result of liars who just want to damage someone’s reputation. That’s especially true if the person could become a very powerful conservative. (It’s not like the group released a similar video when Al Franken was accused of wrongdoing or demanded a thorough investigation of Kavanaugh before coming to their conclusion.)
It also makes women, who are undoubtedly victims of sexual assault more than they are attackers or oppressors, the enemy while elevating a controversial figure who was credibly accused of attempted assault without a complete investigation. All in the name of religion and Jesus Christ.
Even before the allegations, liberals worried Kavanaugh could be the decisive fifth vote on a number of cases affecting women. Who could’ve guessed the first instance would involve conservatives just flat-out calling women liars?