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Kavanaugh’s wife is the latest in a long line of political spouses to stand by her man in the #MeToo era. Would you stand by your man if he was accused of sexual assault?

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Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, became the latest in a long line of political spouses to be standing by her man as he faces sexual allegations.

Sex and politics has long been a thing, but across the nation, more women are speaking out against politicians with claims of sexual harassment. This may in part be due to the #MeToo era we are in, which is what makes it all the more different than past scandals.
You do not need to persuade Mrs. Kavanaugh to sit by her husband’s side and assert for his character. She publicly spoke on behalf of her husband in a prime- time Fox News interview, which perhaps has made her the most important of the #MeToo era, as it tests the effects of political spouses in this new era.

In this new world, where women are increasingly primed to believe the women accusers, Mrs. Kavanaugh tests whether high-profile women sticking by their spouses still works. Has the perception changed a bit? Is a woman who stands by her husband in this era, judged negatively by it?

Mrs. Kavanaugh has been thinking about her role more in survival terms, according to one person close to the couple, Politico reports. She has grown frustrated as he has remained silent in the face of multiple allegations of sexual assault that place when he was in high school and college, the source says.

“She’s been frustrated by his frustration in being unable to come out and swing back,” said the person, who is involved in the confirmation process.

Brett Kavanaugh, who was chose by President trump to sit on the Supreme Court, had his nomination put on hold, after the sexual allegations came to surface. Christine Blasey Ford, one of his accusers testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Mrs. Kavanaugh made the decision to sit for a television interview and get ahead of the hearing, by jumping to defend her husband, eager to clear the family name. People who work closely with the couple said it was an uncomfortable role for her, but she is no newbie to politics.

Ashley Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House in 2001, when she served as the president’s personal secretary, making her ties to Bush stronger. It was then that she met Brett Kavanaugh, who served as staff secretary in the administration. Her lasting bond with the Bush family is what many believe played a big part in why President George W. Bush issued a statement on Kavanaugh’s behalf. Ashley Kavanaugh now serves as the town manager for the village of Chevy Chase, Section 5, where the person close to the couple described her as “the mayor” of the community, Politico reports.

In the Fox News interview, she sat next to her husband dressed in a bulky, zip-up jacket, a knee-length skirt and pearls, playing what has become an almost overdone role in politics.

This process is incredibly difficult,” she said, while keeping her hands folded in her lap, and notably not touching or holding her husband’s. “Harder than we imagined, and we imagined it might be hard. At the end of the day, our faith is strong, and we know that we’re on the right path. We’re just going to stick to it.”

A source familiar with the prep said the Supreme Court nominee needed some time to wrap his head around the fact that he would be forced to make personal revelations in the interview — like the fact that he was a virgin into his 20s, Politico reported.

Later in the interview, Mrs. Kavanaugh, whose voice appears to be cracking, added that she never believed any of the allegations being made against her husband. “He’s decent, he’s kind, he’s good,” she said. “I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett.”

Ashley Kavanaugh looked like she was angry but holding back from showing live on prime-time TV when she spoke about Ford’s accusation, “I don’t understand it. I know Brett, I know who he is. … I don’t know what happened to her, and I don’t want to go there. I feel badly for her through this process. This process is not right.”

Kavanaugh allies have pointed out that allegations against Mr. Kavanaugh are different from others before because the allegations against him did not happen well into his adult life, and don’t involve him being accused of cheating on his wife.

During the interview, Mrs. Kavanaugh comes across as more emotional and more genuine than her husband, whose lawyerly instincts had him repeating that he “wanted a fair process” where he “could be heard” rather than offering off-the-cuff answers to questions, according to Politico.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, says she understand why some women choses to stand by her husband during tough times, often being because they themselves have never witnessed bad behavior. She goes on to add,” “I think the era of the faithful wife making a difference in whether people believe the husband is over.”

Do you agree with Rosen? Is the era where a woman sticking by her man, who is facing allegations, still crucial to the strategy? The question many are wondering is whether the endorsement of a wife still sways public sentiment. Would you stand by your spouse if they were accused of sexual assault?

Amid the Kavanaugh hearings, #HimToo, which has become the anti #MeToo, has been born. Will this movement take off? Read the full story from Politico here.


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Kavanaugh’s wife is the latest in a long line of political spouses to stand by her man in the #MeToo era. Would you stand by your man if he was accused of sexual assault?

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