Sen. Mazie Hirono Defends Harassing GOP Officials: ‘When You Look at White Supremacists,’ This Is What’s Coming Forth

By Melanie Arter | October 8, 2018 | 3:07pm EDT
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (Screenshot)

( - Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that liberal activists harassing GOP officials in restaurants is justified, “because when you look at white supremacists and all of that, this is what is coming forth in our country.”

CNN’s Dana Bash asked Hirono, “Should the going after people at restaurants stop?”


“Well, this is what happens. They -- because when you look at white supremacists and all of that, this is what is coming forth in our country. There's a tremendous divisiveness in our country, but this is the kind of activism that occur, and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that,” Hirono said.

On Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Hirono was asked for her reaction to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) saying that she doesn’t believe Kavanaugh assaulted Ford.

“She said that she thinks that ... Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account. I certainly believe Dr. Ford. Anybody watching her testimony would know, I would say, would conclude that she was being very truthful. And the one thing that she recollects with 100 percent accuracy is that Judge Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh, assaulted her,” Hirono said.



When asked whether Collins is insulting to Ford, Hirono said, “Well, to say that she thinks that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, what is that? Is she mistaken? She herself said that she served -- so many survivors from her state and elsewhere.

“All of us have been hearing stories of -- and accounts from survivors going back many, many years, where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves. And this is what happens with sexual assault survivors, that they do not come forward,” the senator said.

Hirono said the witnesses’ responses in the FBI report did not exactly exonerate Kavanaugh.

“I also note, that in your interview, that she kept saying that there was no corroboration. There was no corroboration on Brett Kavanaugh's bold assertion that he didn't do it, because the people that the FBI interviewed, which was just a small number of the dozens that they should have interviewed, they all said that they have no recollection. That is hardly what I would call exoneration,” she said.

“But, on her side, there was corroboration, because she had talked about this assault to her husband, to others before Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Court. She took a lie-detector test. Corroboration was there,” the senator added.


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