On Brett Kavanaugh's Elevation to the Supreme Court (from October 5, 2018)

Brett Kavanaugh may well be on the Supreme Court until I am in my 60s.

This is why tomorrow's Senate vote is one of the most important in a generation. This is one of the biggest reasons why the election of Trump in 2016 was so terrifying.

Reproductive rights. LGBTQ+ rights. Healthcare for millions of Americans. Capital punishment and our broken criminal justice system. So much is on the line; so much progress could be lost.

But above all, a man facing multiple powerful and credible accusations of sexual assault will be elevated to the highest court in the land. He will hobble onto that once-esteemed institution in a 50-49 vote in a serious blow to survivors of sexual assault, to common decency and humanity, and to the institutional legitimacy of the Supreme Court. This is a difficult day for our country; tomorrow will be more difficult still.

I am awe at the countless women and men who have stood up so bravely to share their own stories of sexual assault, battery, and abuse. I thank them. And I thank GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for standing alone in her party to do the right thing, in the face of enormous pressure to vote the other way. Ditto for Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who despite feeling similar pressures and being down in the polls in a very competitive re-election race, decided to vote her conscience.

As for those who enabled this horrifying confirmation to come together? 2020 is waiting for GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine. And Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who I once defended because I felt his presence was key to winning back Democratic control of the Senate, should be expelled from the Democratic Caucus. He should certainly be stripped of his leadership position. You don't vote for a very conservative, sexual assault-committing nominee to the highest court in the land and still get to call yourself a Democrat. You just don't.

And lastly, in a month from tomorrow, VOTE. Vote as if your life and well-being depend on it. Because they do.