“We are in the midst of a defining moment for America, one that will shape how our children understand power and who wields it, who is believed and who is not. I want my two young boys to know that real power – the kind that matters – lies in recognizing each other’s full humanity. And we can’t do that without believing the brave survivors who come forward.

“This confirmation process exposed a profound lack of decency. Just this week the investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh was revealed to have been plainly partisan and incomplete. The president cruelly ridiculed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, provoking laughter at her expense. Today’s vote to propel Judge Kavanaugh to our nation’s highest court – despite bipartisan concern about his judicial temperament and credibility – has been the final, searing insult.

“What must not get lost are the voices of the millions of people who spoke out in opposition, and we will not be silenced. We will only grow louder and stronger in our fight for equality, a woman’s right to choose, for families who come to this country for a better life, and for every person this administration tries to stifle. Our democracy depends on it.”

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