POISON drummer Rikki Rockett has weighed in on the U.S. Senate's 50-48 vote on Saturday to place Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment. Kavanaugh's confirmation came after a week-long FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against him by several women, including Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University who claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh said the incident never happened.
Rockett, who was once falsely accused of sexually assaulting a woman more than a decade ago, offered his views in a lengthy Facebook post.
He wrote: "Oh boy, here goes...
"I refuse to be partisan about policies. I want what makes sense, not what fits a political party's agenda. As for this Kavanagh/Ford thing, here goes…
"First off, I don't like Kavanaugh, personally. I think he is a frat boy who has probably gotten away with all kinds of shit that a privileged person has gotten away with all his life. He seems arrogant and very partisan. On the other hand, I don't really think Ford is some amazing, remarkable woman either. I do think she is brave and I don't think that she is an out-and-out liar either.
"The #1 takeaway for me is this: just because Kavanaugh is jerk and Ford is whatever she is, does that mean Kavanaugh shouldn't get in?
"I do think Ford is credible, but she doesn't have proof. Kavanaugh doesn't have a good story either, but the burden is on Ford.
"Takeaway #2 is that people will not always get away with accusations without proof from now on. That's the good thing about this story. Women will not be dismissed so easily either.
"I was accused of a sexual act by a woman I never met in place I had never been to at a time when I was in another state. She finally admitted it wasn't me, but if the stakes were more murky, it could have gotten far more interesting than it did.
"People getting away with sexual misconduct is wrong. People getting away with false accusations is wrong. There is a due process and it isn't always fair in the end. So, how can I support the nomination and not the person? Easy, I don't like the guy, but Ford didn't have a compelling enough case to make this work in her favor. Doesn't mean that nothing happened and I'm glad that she came out. Good for her. It was brave. Don't slut shame a decent woman who was probably a victim. But, will we ever know?
"I also support the protests. Yes, I do! Raise hell and let your voice be heard. We need more of it but, be decent and respectful. Why fight for freedom and not use the freedom by not protesting when we think we are wronged? We must.
"I wish Kavanaugh was not in, but because he is partisan, not because he is some sort of frat boy, pervert. We don't know that. His opening statements clearly showed that he is partisan; that is my problem with the guy. We need these people to be impartial. It's sad that it is even political at all. Just like Ford, though, he has been brave through this. I still don't like him, but at least some things will be looked at differently from now on.
"That's my two cents."
Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony Saturday just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him. His confirmation came in the midst of the powerful #MeToo movement that has swept the country in the last year.
Kavanaugh and his Republican allies claimed that he was the victim of a "political hit job" by Democrats. They suggested that Ford was being exploited for partisan purposes.