They are most definitely shooting themselves in the foot with this. The core base doesn’t care but the swing voters and independents very much do. And, it’s also giving the much needed conversation a much needed bump. Rape hotlines are experiencing something like a 200% uptick in calls since the hearing. This dynamic has thrived in silence and shame. Talking about it openly is the first step to truly dismantling it.

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