September 21, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss women’s role in Brett Kavanaugh’s supreme court nomination and a politically progressive hotel some are calling the “anti-Trump hotel.”

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Megan Beyer, Wilson Center, Women in Public Service Project; Patrice Lee Onwuka, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Voices; and Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal.

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Kavanaugh Confirmation

Christine Blasey Ford is negotiating with congress when she will testify about her allegations against the nominated judge.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “What is the is the motive for someone to subject herself to this kind of exposure if in fact it did not happen?”  

    • “You may not remember where you left your watch when you went to bed last night. But if you were raped, you would remember that.”

  • Genevieve Wood: “People have a right to be heard. But I also do not think people have a right to make accusations that throw people’s lives potentially in the gutter, and their reputation, when they may not be true.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Studies have shown, Republican partisans are going to believe him and Democratic partisans are going to believe her. That is the way it breaks down.”

  • Megan Beyer: “Look at 1991. This compares negatively relative to how we treated Anita Hill. And in the eyes of history, we already know, she looked like she was hung out to dry.”

  • Patrice Lee Onwuka: “If there was no federal violation or federal crime that occured here then the FBI does not necessarily need to investigate this as a federal crime.”

    • Patrice Lee Onwuka “I think we have to be be careful about ensuring that we are dealing with the details of this situation as a one off individually, not trying to bring in people’s personal experiences, which I understand. But this is not Anita Hill, this is not two consenting adults, this is still an allegation. It is not the same situation.”


“Anti-Trump” Hotel

The Eaton Hotel in DC explicitly promotes progressive politics

  • Kathernie Lo:

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “The Trump Hotel is not only in my district, it’s my bill. This property was a priceless, historic property. So he had to throw money at it. Anybody can stay there, but of course, you will find a lot of Republicans staying there, a lot of Democrats saying, ‘well maybe not, there are a lot of hotels in Washington.’ That’s not good for D.C.”

  • Genevieve Wood: “I believe in the free market, people should be allowed to set up hotels and say ‘this is what I believe.’ We were saying, the Heritage Foundation, which I work for, we should have an event there. And that way she could give her money to [Megan Beyer.]”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “Many - not all obviously - but many Hollywood stars and rock stars stay strictly apolitical because they wonder about turning off half their potential audience, do you think this kind of hotel, which I think is the first to be outwardly progressive, is that a good marketing move?”

  • Megan Beyer: “If you want to see a ‘who’s who’ of the Republican party, you can go to the Trump Hotel. And everybody’s going to be there, and it’s all going to be people who agree with you, if you’re on the right. And you know it’s going to be a great place to be. You can say whatever you want to say, nobody’s going to counter you. This will create the same kind of environment for progressives.”

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