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Women sitting behind Kavanaugh become a meme—for the wrong reasons

Are they really part of the resistance?


David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 28, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:24 am CDT

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.

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.

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.


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*First Published: Sep 28, 2018, 8:37 am CDT