POLITICS 08/09/2018 06:06 pm ET "It's a legitimate area of inquiry," said the Democratic senator with a key role in the Supreme Court confirmation process. By Jennifer Bendery WASHINGTON ― For the past seven months, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has been asking President Donald Trump’s nominees the same two questions. “Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” “Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” It’s how she starts off her questioning in every confirmation hearing she sits through for the five Senate committees she’s on. She’s asked nominees to top defense and energy department jobs. She’s asked dozens of people nominated to be federal judges. She recently asked the secretary of veterans affairs, Robert Wilkie. … [Read more...] about Mazie Hirono Is Pressing Trump’s Nominees On Sexual Harassment. Brett Kavanaugh Is Next.
POLITICS 09/19/2018 09:47 am ET "Guess who’s perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country," Sen. Mazie Hirono said. By Alanna Vagianos Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has an important message for men in the wake of the recent sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” Hirono said during a press event on Tuesday. Hirono is part of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and vote on his nomination. She’s one of only four women on the committee. The hearings, which began earlier this month, have been scheduled to continue next week after Christine Blasey Ford, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, publicly accused Kavanaugh in a Sunday news story of sexually assaulting her in 1982 during a high school party. “I … [Read more...] about Mazie Hirono Demands Men ‘Shut Up And Step Up’ In The Face Of Kavanaugh Accusation
POLITICS 09/20/2018 11:08 am ET "I can’t hardly stand it," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) added. By Alanna Vagianos Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is once again not holding back her thoughts on how the Senate Judiciary Committee is dealing with the recent sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “I would like us to come together and figure out what is the best way to proceed,” Hirono told ABC News on Wednesday evening. “Not this seat-of-the-pants stuff,” she added. “The latest, being a letter from the chairman to the Democrats saying, ‘We have done everything we can to contact her.’ That is such bullshit, I can’t hardly stand it.” Hirono was referring to a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to Senate Democrats about Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally. In a Washington … [Read more...] about Mazie Hirono Says It’s ‘Bulls**t’ That GOP Has Tried Everything To Contact Kavanaugh Accuser
POLITICS 09/26/2018 11:00 am ET The senator from Hawaii did not hold back when discussing the sexual assault accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. By Alanna Vagianos Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) just publicly and undoubtedly stated her support for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. “The credibility is there for her. So I believe her,” Hirono told The New York Times of the Palo Alto University professor, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, on Tuesday. “This whole idea that the Republicans have, that women just sit around making these things up, that is not borne out by the reality,” she added, referring to the dozens of comments from Republicans questioning Blasey’s story. Two women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Earlier this month, Blasey accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a high school party in 1982 when she … [Read more...] about Sen. Mazie Hirono On Christine Blasey Ford: ‘I Believe Her’
U.S. Supreme Court Amid Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about sexual assault allegations Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, hit out at Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono, calling her a "sexist" on Twitter. Conway was likely referring to Hirono’s speech to the media last week where she sent an impassioned message to men. “I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change,” she said. Sexism is defined as prejudice or discrimination based on sex and has generally been used to describe discrimination against women who have historically been subjected to unequal treatment. Conway made the accusation against the sitting senator in response to a Twitter comment by Fox News correspondent Lisa Boothe. “It will be hard for Judge Kavanaugh to answer Mazie Hirono’s questions if she thinks he should just shut up because he is a … [Read more...] about Kellyanne Conway Calls Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono ‘Sexist’ During Brett Kavanaugh Hearing