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Emotions and politics in the wake of the Kavanaugh crisis

By Michael Orsini      

There are no neat lessons to draw from the Kavanaugh debacle. This episode is a stinging indictment of a system that channels white male rage right up to the highest position in the U.S. justice system, leaving a woman who came forward to relive the trauma of sexual assault and to manage her feelings—and death threats—on her own.

Brett Kavanaugh, pictured July 9, 2018, with his family and U.S. President Donald Trump. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The fallout from the confirmation of U.S. President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, provides ample evidence that feelings can become weaponized in politics to uphold (white) male privilege.

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