Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was already in his third term in the U.S. Senate when Anita Hill testified during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas for the United States Supreme Court. Almost 27 years later, Sen. Hatch is still on the Judiciary Committee — and Justice Clarence Thomas remains on the high court.
On Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur noted that two Republicans — Sen. Hatch and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) — voted to confirm Thomas in 1991 and remain on the Judiciary Committee. Hatch is now the President pro tempore of the Senate and is third in the line of presidential succession.
“I want to play for you — just go back in time for a moment and listen to the way Orrin Hatch was talking about Anita Hill while she was alleging inappropriate conduct by Clarence Thomas,” Tur said. “And what he is now saying about Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.”
After playing her supercut, Tur concluded that it, “Sounds pretty similar, back then to today.”
“It does, it sounds woefully similar,” noted former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.
“And Orrin Hatch was part of a very determined, back-then, Republican minority of senators who, just from the moment Anita Hill began to testify — and I was sitting in that hearing room in 1991 — and I mean, they hurled at her to destroy her credibility,” she continued. “It was really a disgusting display of the lowest political tactics.”
“Just hearing Sen. Hatch say ‘that woman’ almost sent chills down my spine,” she added.
Recalling the 1991 hearing, Abramson said she is worried about how Judiciary Committee Republicans will treat Dr. Christine Ford.
“While the president may be somewhat restrained in his approach so far, there are conservative Republicans who are determined to do whatever it takes to muscle through this judicial confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh, and I really — I worry about what Dr. Ford is going to face when she walks into the hearing room,” she concluded.
WATCH: White man gets brutally shouted down for telling black kids they can’t play in their own yard
A video which went viral over the weekend shows two white men arguing over what appears to be black children playing near their own homes.
"Keep on playing kids!" a white man, who was later identified as "Nick" can be heard shouting in a video posted by Twitter user @_SamuelLahn.
According to the tweet, a "racist neighbor" had demanded that the "mostly black" children cease playing between two apartment buildings.
"Y'all keep on playing!" Nick says. "I know every single one of y'all lives here. So, please, sir, step away if you don't live here."
"Let them go wherever the fuck they want if they live here!" Nick shouts back after the man disagrees with him. "Guess what? You only own your porch... from there on out, it's free play."
Is decency a weakness? Here’s what psychiatrist Carl Jung would say about the GOP’s embrace of the dark side
Let’s talk about decency.
We are a nation that elected a man who in less than two and a half years has sullied our reputation across the world while here at home enabling our baser instincts to mug and molest our better angels.
The concept of decency is not one he knows or possesses within himself. His lack of it has helped reignite a contagion of hatred and intolerance, ratcheted up by Internet trollery, that largely lay dormant but now spreads once again like a toxin through the body politic.
Because of him this is not an America made great. It is instead a nation struggling with basic human decency, whether at the camps and cages of our southern border or along the corridors of Congress, where too many once rational members have succumbed to the siren call of cynical opportunism and demagoguery.
White House to expand ‘immunity’ claim to cover McGahn aide and keep her from answering House Dem questions
According to a report at Politico, the White House is expected to block former presidential counsel Don McGahn's top aide Annie Donaldson from providing information to the House Judiciary Committee.
The report states that White House lawyers plan assert its claims that former aides have “absolute immunity” from providing information to Congress about their time in the White House.
According to the report, Donaldson, who has already departed the White House, was expected to provide written answers to questions submitted by Democrats -- but now that is on hold.