Alyssa Milano: I Could Feel Brett Kavanaugh’s Rage At His Hearing

The actor and champion of #MeToo told CNN Kavanaugh was 'volatile'
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Alyssa Milano believes Brett Kavanaugh is benefiting from a double standard as he battles accusations of sexual misconduct. Milano spoke to CNN’s Chris Cuomo about her appearance at Kavanaugh’s hearing. Milano sat through Kavanaugh’s testimony on live TV.

 I am not okay with his temperament,” Milano said. “And I sat in the room.  So, I actually could feel his rage throughout his testimony. And I felt like he was acting as though he was a political operative.  He was very volatile.”

“I’ve said numerous times, if a woman had acted like that during a line of questioning, she would have been considered unhinged,” Milano said. “Also, let’s talk about this op-ed for a second.  If a woman had written that op-ed apologizing for their behavior and saying, I’m so sorry, I was emotional, but I was there as a mother, as a daughter. I mean, we would — the double standard is unbelievable.  We would be — we would be laughing at this woman.  We would be saying she’s weak, or she doesn’t have the character, and yet this…”

Kavanaugh’s testimony was widely viewed as combative and emotional, with many legal professionals arguing that his temperament made him unfit for the court. Milano was also asked about former president Bill Clinton and the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him.

“I don’t think Bill Clinton should have gotten that benefit of the doubt in hindsight,2 Milano said. “I think as a nation we were in a different time.  I think that women were continually being silenced.  And I think we gave him the benefit of the doubt and we probably should have investigated the allegations against him as well.  And I do believe that.”

“This is not about partisan politics to me,” Milano said. “This is about humanity, and we have to — even though this process is so uncomfortable for everyone, we really have to look at it.  Look at where we want to be, who we want to be as a nation, and really examine this in a nonpolitical way, but just in a human way. “

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Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.
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