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During his hearing over allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school, Brett Kavanaugh was alternately combative, angry, and argumentative while being questioned by senators. He interrupted them, yelled at them, and questioned their motives.
And the women sitting behind him were extremely expressive with their faces, becoming a fascination on Twitter in the process.
Kavanaugh’s blustery display was immediately linked to white male entitlement, but the women in the crowd that the internet cheered on were those of his staunchest supporters.
Immediately to Kavanaugh’s right was his wife, who sat stone-faced throughout the process. Also there was Zina Bash, who previously went viral for another reason.
But nonetheless, these women were co-opted into an anti-Kavanaugh meme.
So how's Kavanaugh's testimony going over with women? Let's poll the room. pic.twitter.com/tYPASP3sfU— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) September 27, 2018
appropriate representation of women around the country reacting to kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/VWeIgSRVy7— Sarah Everett (@goddammitsarah) September 27, 2018
WOMEN FOR KAVANAUGH pic.twitter.com/uTU31c0NRT— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) September 27, 2018
But, much like how women supporting Kavanaugh got roped into a liberal meme, women protesting his placement on the Supreme Court got adopted by conservatives making the case for Kavanaugh.
Also in the audience was Alyssa Milano, who despite being a vocal opponent of the judge, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway declared “taken” with Kavanaugh’s blustery opening statement.
This is true.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 27, 2018
Even Alyssa Milano looks taken.
(Likely not why the Democrats plopped her in the audience and camera shot) https://t.co/mpSChDFIY6
Milano responded that she was actually “taken” by that fact that Kavanaugh dodged direct questions and didn’t push for an FBI investigation.
The internet often runs with things that are wrong, and in this case, it’s safe to say Kavanaugh’s wife supports him, while Alyssa Milano doesn’t. No matter what the screengrabs look like.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]