Many people in KELOLAND were riveted to their TV and computer screens, watching the historic hearing on Capitol Hill over the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee saying she’s 100-percent certain Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were teenagers at a house party. But many people remain conflicted over who to believe: the accuser, or the accused.
We wanted to sample local opinions about the hearing as it was unfolding. So we stopped by the commons at Augustana University where students followed the developments throughout the day.
Augustana students, focused on their studies, continually glanced up at the TV screens in the commons to catch the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.
“I feel like she’s calm, collected, she doesn’t seem like she’s overly trying to sell-out that this happened,” Augustana junior Marissa Pacheco said.
Junior Marissa Pacheco is considering law school once she graduates from Augustana.
“I like to look at their tactics, what they’re doing which is why it’s interesting they’re using a woman, instead of a man, to grill questions against another woman, it’s like they’re trying to do equal parts,” Pacheco said.
Some students see this hearing as a pivotal moment for the Me Too generation.
“I feel like it’s the start of a new era, I guess, in where people start to think more about their actions and how their actions in the future will be consequences later,” Augustana freshman Dylan Larsen said.
The students say with all the political partisanship at play leading up to this hearing, it’s hard to tell which side to believe.
“This has been really highly-publicized through the media and politics so it’s hard to know how much each of them is telling the truth because they obviously both have an end goal in what they’re saying,” Augustana sophomore Alaina Mueller said.
With the judicial stakes so high as to the outcome of the hearing, the students realize they’re seeing history unfold from their tables in the Augustana commons.
The students say that regardless of whether or not the accusation against him is true, Kavanaugh has a cloud over him that will likely follow him throughout the rest of his career.