Jeff Flake made big headlines Friday morning when he announced he would vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh, making it all but certain the judge will be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the Republican senator from Arizona quickly learned that his decision had angered those who oppose Kavanaugh. A CNN camera captured the scene as two women confronted Kavanaugh in an elevator as he tried to make his way to a meeting of the committee. “What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court,” one woman told him. “This is horrible. You have children in your family. Think about them.” See the video here.
The other woman, who said she was a survivor of sexual abuse, then interjected: “You’re telling all women that they don’t matter—that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you’re going to ignore them,” she said, reports the Washington Post. Flake didn't engage, saying, "Thank you," and explaining he needed to get to his meeting. “Look at me when I’m talking to you!" said the woman, identified at USA Today as Ana Maria Archila, co-executive of the liberal advocacy group the Center for Popular Democracy. "You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t matter and that you’re going to let people who do these things into power! That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him!" (Read more Jeff Flake stories.)