TIME magazine’s Top 100 list was released on Wednesday and two of the picks probably never thought they’d be on the same list for anything.
Both Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — who accused him of sexual assault last year — were recognized by TIME, though for two very different things.
TIME’s Top 100 list was broken into separate categories and Kavanaugh made the influential leaders list while Ford made the cut in the icon category.
2020 Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote about Ford for the magazine and she had nothing but praise for the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault — an FBI investigation cleared Kavanaugh of any wrong doing and he was later confirmed to the Supreme Court.
“Her story, spoken while holding back tears, shook Washington and the country. Her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her, galvanized Americans. And her unfathomable sacrifice, out of a sense of civic duty, shined a spotlight on the way we treat survivors of sexual violence,” Harris wrote about Ford.
She went on to say that Ford “risked everything” to tell her story in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.
“Christine Blasey Ford’s ambition wasn’t to become a household name or make it onto this list. She had a good life and a successful career — and risked everything to send a warning in a moment of grave consequence,” wrote Harris.
Kavanaugh’s section had words from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The senator called Kavanaugh one of the “most qualified Supreme Court nominees in modern history.”
He went on to say that Americans witnessed Kavanaugh’s “resilience” when “unhinged partisanship and special interests” tried to distract everyone before the judge could be confirmed to his current position.
“The country saw his resilience and commitment to public service,” said McConnell. “We saw his loyal devotion to family and friends. We saw his undeterred reverence for the law, for precedents and for our nation’s highest traditions.”
Some on the left have criticized TIME for recognizing Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh on the list.
Hollywood actress and Democrat donor and activist Jessica Chastain (“Dark Pheonix,” “Interstellar”) wrote on Twitter that it was “so disappointing” to see Ford and Kavanaugh recognized on the same list.
“You put her on the same list as the man she said assaulted her. So disappointing,” the actress wrote.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 17, 2019
“Imagine making Time’s 100 Most Influential People list because you accused a prominent man of sexual assault, and then finding out he is on the same list. How many ways can we keep re-traumatizing Blasey Ford?” wrote another Twitter user in reaction to TIME’s unusual list choice.
Another congratulated Ford and other left-wing figures like Ford making the list and then said, “I am sorry you have to all share this list with Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh!”
Imagine making Time's 100 Most Influential People list because you accused a prominent man of sexual assault, and then finding out he is on the same list.
How many ways can we keep re-traumatizing Blasey Ford https://t.co/KpL9YS6gPY
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) April 17, 2019
Others to make the TIME list include President Donald Trump and Michelle Obama, who recently referred to the president as a “divorced dad” earning her plenty of blowback from Americans.
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