It's noteable, 83 percent of African-Americans believe Dr. Ford's account, and over all, most of the country believes Dr. Ford. But white evangelicals are more likely to overlook the assault.
Men have been taught to avoid emotions & when confronted with allegations, men have a tendency to compartmentalize rage rather than conflict resolve. If Kavanaugh lied under oath, and he did, how can we believe anything he says?
The president’s attacks on Dr. Blasey Ford last night were appalling. He sent a clear message to victims of sexual assault that they won’t be believed. They’re even more cruel given that Dr. Ford specifically recalled the pain of Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge laughing at her. pic.twitter.com/QkEgzw0PcM— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 3, 2018
White, and I have to specify ethnicity because polls do, evangelical Christians do not believe Dr. Ford, not because of her credibility rather the patriarchal system, which is baked into the minds of conservative Christians. "Women are subservient to their husbands." And, accusing powerful white men of misconduct, so long as seen as a conservative Christian, speaks volumes. Women don't have the benefit of the doubt regardless of how credible the allegation. After Dr. Ford testified last week, no one said she wasn't a credible witness. Even the President said Dr. Ford appeared like a "nice person," and "credible."
In many religious cultures, if a woman has sex before marriage, it's seen as her fault. So, a sexual assault victim exposed herself to the possibility of "tempting" a man. If a woman wears provocative clothes, it's her fault that a man lusts after her. Not his lack of self-control.
Last night, at a campaign-style rally, Trump mocked Dr. Ford, not just a little swipe, but an all-out assault on her memory, the alleged incident, and her disposition. Now we have idiot conservatives claiming she has "emotional issues," which goes against their position, just last week, that Ford told the truth.
Their new position, yes something happened to her, but it wasn't Brett Kavanaugh despite a calendar (his calendar) placing him at a house gathering with the people Ford put at the party. And, no one has suggested she knew anything about a timeline, which Brett released after Ford released a statement regarding the assault.
Carly Gelsinger of the Huffington Post explains:
White evangelical Christians see women as property. Of course, they wouldn't come out and say it, but everything they believe within a fundamentalist framework points to a worldview where women submit to their husbands, after all, Paul tells Christian women to "submit to their husbands as man is the head," and man "submits to Christ," as Christ is the head of the Church and man is head of the woman.