The two women who on Friday, as CNN broadcast live, scolded Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., for announcing earlier that morning his decision to vote to report Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate work for an organization funded by left-wing, activist billionaire George Soros.
The tongue-lashing at the door of a senators-only elevator was followed by Democratic senators corralling Flake in an anteroom where the Senate Judiciary Committee was prepared to vote on Kavanaugh. The Republican senator then told the panel he would vote yes on President Trump’s nominee, but with the condition that the final Senate vote be delayed no more than a week while the FBI investigated the claims of accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“Thank you,” Flake said, after one of the women claimed she had been “sexually assaulted, and nobody believed me.”
“I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter,” she said after racing past reporters and security to catch Flake before the elevator door shut.
“That’s what you’re telling all of these women. That’s what you’re telling me right now. Look at me when I’m talking to you! You are telling me that my assault doesn’t matter. … Don’t look away from me. Look at me.”
The two women were Ana Maria Archila, executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, and Maria Gallagher, a 23-year-old activist with the group, noted John Fund of National Review in a column published by the New York Post.
He pointed out that as of 2014, Soros’ Open Society was one of the three largest donors to the Center for Popular Democracy.
According to the New Yorker, after the elevator confrontation, Flake “looked more withdrawn than ever, eyes wet, voice a little frayed, chin tucked down in the somber knot of his tie.”
Flake insisted to the Washington Examiner that the women had no role in changing his mind.
However, at an event in Boston, Flake had a different response when asked, “How much did those two women affect you?”
“Well, it was that experience as well as a lot of others,” he replied.
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Fund said a source forwarded an email sent from the Center for Popular Democracy boasting of its role in protests against Kavanaugh.
“Last week, you saw protestors interrupting the Kavanaugh hearings, trying to slow it down and show the Judiciary Committee how much they/we care,” the email said. “Those protests were organized by the Women’s March and the Center for Popular Democracy and other groups.”
Archila, Fund reported, is also a member of the national committee of the New York-based Working Families Party.
The group was founded in 1998 by the leaders of ACORN, the community organizing group that disbanded and reorganized after exposure by investigative videographer James O’Keefe in 2009. O’Keefe secretly recorded ACORN employees at various places in the country agreeing to accommodate people engaged in the sex trade with underage women. The Senate responded with a 83-7 vote to strip ACORN of more than $1.6 million in federal housing money. Donors fled and the group was forced to shut down and reorganize under new names.
One of the ACORN successors is Archila’s Working Families Party.