When 23-year-old Maria Gallagher and 39-year-old Ana Maria Archila confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator Friday about his vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, they helped change the course of history while speaking on behalf of millions of women across the country.
The confrontation, in which they related their own
experiences with sexual violence, convinced Flake to change his mind about
calling for an FBI investigation of the multiple credible allegations
against Kavanaugh. It was powerful stuff.
After playing a clip of the incident, Ingraham derided the
two women, saying, “Look at me, look at
me. I’m sorry…”
Before that, Ingraham and Arroyo had bantered back and forth
about how demonstrations on Capitol Hill were carried out by “paid protesters,”
and that public outrage over how Republicans have handled Kavanaugh’s
nomination process was like “something out of one of those Frankenstein movies.”
“Poor Lindsey Graham, he was outrunning the mob,” Arroyo
said. “This looked like something out of one of those Frankenstein movies, you
know, where the villagers…they’re yelling and screaming at him with signs,
“Paid protesters,” Ingraham chimed in.
After playing a clip of Gallagher and Archila, Arroyo asked,
“Do you think this was staged?” That’s when Ingraham mocked the two women.
“First of all, who’s his staff?” Ingraham asked about Flake.
“Where’s the Capitol police, and why is this allowed to happen? If you did that
to one of those women, they would be screaming harassment.”
“I worry that by giving in to this horde,” continued Arroyo,
“you are going to unleash another Antifa-like swarm, and this will continue.
What are we teaching kids? Throw a temper tantrum, you get what you want.”