On Thursday, millions of Americans were glued to their television to watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — the first woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault — testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Kavanaugh's rebuttal. The drama continued into Friday in the Committee's vote on whether or not to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote.
Those riveting 30 hours seem to encapsulate the state of a nation — anger, frustration, partisanship, and no doubt in the truth as told by your side.
Thousands of words have been written over the weekend since the testimonies and vote. Editorial cartoonists from around the country, and from both sides of the aisle, took to the drawing board to capture this complicated moment.
A key question that arose following Ford's and Kavanaugh's testimonies was: Are they credible?
What happens in …
Some cartoonists highlighted Kavanaugh's time in prep school and Yale.
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A larger movement or smear campaign?
Many column inches have been written about whether Dr. Ford's testimony is the crescendo of the #MeToo movement — and how far (if at all) the U.S. has come since Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct in 1991. While many on the left look to the Kavanaugh confirmation process as a test-case to whether women are believed, critics on the right argue that the accusations against Kavanaugh are part of a smear campaign to keep a conservative judge off the Supreme Court.
A cartoon, drawn by Bruce MacKinnon of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, went viral — and drew criticism for the explicit depiction of sexual assault.
Heroes and villains
Though we don't know yet what will ultimately happen with Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, cartoonists showed their feelings about who succeeded and failed throughout the hearings.