Time’s Up Urges Brett Kavanaugh to Withdraw Supreme Court Nomination as Ford Testimony Begins

Video calls on judge to walk away

A group of women call on Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his Supreme Court nomination. Time's Up Now

Members of Time’s Up Advertising—the collective of nearly 200 female agency leaders who have pledged to tackle gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace—created a video for the larger Time’s Up organization, urging President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to withdraw his nomination.

The nearly 60-second effort features a chorus of women addressing the judge directly and pleading with him to walk away amid sexual harassment allegations from multiple women, “not as a declaration of guilt or innocence but as a declaration that the sanctity, legitimacy, integrity of the highest court in the land are more important than any one man or one man’s ambitions.”

The call comes as the nation watches, captivated, while Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the first of the three women who have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, testifies today before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On the stand this morning, Ford discussed the “agony” she harbored over the decisions she made to go public with her allegations and then to testify in front of the Senate. Ford described the anxiety she’s dealt with since revisiting the alleged incident involving Kavanaugh from when the two were teenagers—which has compromised her privacy and put a strain not only on her, but also on her family.

Kavanaugh will have his moment to counter testify against Ford.

Time’s Up previously posted a statement on Twitter detailing why they decided to speak out about the Kavanaugh allegations.

“There is simply no path forward,” the group wrote. “A man accused of multiple instances of sexual violence cannot have decision-making power over the lives of American women for decades to come. If elevated to the high court, the legitimacy of everything Judge Kavanaugh touches will be questioned.”

The statement continued, “For far too long, the safety and dignity of women was secondary to the needs of powerful men. But that era is done.”

That last bit appears to be a nod to Anita Hill, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. Yesterday, a full-page ad in The New York Times featured the signatures of 1,600 men who support Ford, mimicking the ad that ran in 1991 from 1,600 black women who supported Hill.

Many have naturally made the connection between Hill’s case against Thomas in 1991 and the allegations against Kavanaugh today. It remains to be seen if now, in the time of the #MeToo era, such allegations will result in a different outcome.

Time’s Up Advertising is a division of Time’s Up. Both support the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which was created earlier this year to help represent alleged victims of sexual harassment in legal cases.

The organization declined to comment further for this story.

@kitten_mouse lindsay.rittenhouse@adweek.com Lindsay Rittenhouse is a staff writer at Adweek, where she specializes in covering the world of agencies and their clients.