Shortly before the vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he was going to be a “yes,” saying he was according Kavanaugh the “presumption of innocence.” He was then cornered into meetings including one with his friend, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) which seemed to have had an influence on him. And he and female staff members were cornered in an elevator by two women screaming that they were sexual assault survivors.
Flake then ‘flaked,’ voting yes to move the Kavanaugh forward to a floor vote, but conditioning his yes on a ‘limited’ FBI investigation of no more than a week. He was quickly joined by some of the other swing votes from either side of the aisle, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
What caused him to ‘flake?’ Well, it’s hard to know. It’s likely that he was moved by Coons. But the two women cornering him in the elevator are taking the credit for it and others are the left are calling them heros.
From Fox News Insider:
The two protesters, both explaining they were victims of sexual assaults, began shouting at Flake because of his expected vote for Kavanaugh.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you!” she yelled. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t matter!”
“You’re going to let people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him,” the protester told Flake on Friday.
NOW: @AnaMariaArchil2 confronts @JeffFlake before Senate Judiciary Committee. Shares her story of sexual assault and demands an explanation on his statement saying he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. He refuses to answer. #StopKavanaugh @CPDAction @BeAHeroTeam pic.twitter.com/VUZI8C0XVM
— Make the Road Action (@MaketheRoadAct) September 28, 2018
The women were identified as Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila.
Now, of course, one could argue sense, such as if you were sexually assaulted, doesn’t mean everyone else who claims they were is telling the truth. Or that there’s been no evidence here to support the claims and indeed, evidence to refute them. And that standing for on the side of the presumption of innocence is not a rejection of people who have actually been assaulted.
But doubtless, that wouldn’t have had much of an effect. Ana Maria Archila wasn’t just a ‘random sexual survivor.’
She is the co-executive director at the Center for Popular Democracy, she previously served as co-executive director of Make the Road, another similar organization.
According to the Free Beacon:
George Soros is one of the largest funders to the CPD. Soros provided the CPD with $130,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society in 2014 and $1,164,500 in 2015. Soros provided an additional $705,000 from the Open Society Policy Center in 2016.
And as the Free Beacon notes, they’ve been behind far-left anti-Trump actions and protests in the past.
In other words, Jeff Flake got taken, as did the media who reported this without identifying who Archila was.
They celebrated after hearing what Flake did.