Heitkamp: I Voted Against Kavanaugh after Watching His Testimony, with Sound Off
Senator Heitkamp admits making her decision after watching him testify with the sound off
Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp has admitted that she made her decision to vote against Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after watching his testimony with the sound switched off.
Sen. Heitkamp, who is now expected to lose to her Republican challenger in North Dakota, claims she was ready to "yes" for then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but changed her mind after watching his testimony, but not listening to it.
Speaking during an interview with CNN, Heitkamp said that Kavanaugh's "body language" convinced her to change her mind and vote against him.
Despite not listening to his heartfelt, and at times emotional, statements, and that the FBI found no evidence of the claims made against him, with multiple witnesses directly refuting the claims, Heitkamp says that his "demeanor" on-screen was enough to assume his guilt.
"I was concerned about these allegations but willing to give him the benefit of the doubt," said Heitkamp, who is currently trailing Republican Kevin Cramer by an average of 8.7%.
"She watched Ford's testimony," CNN reports.
"And then she watched Kavanaugh's again, but this time, with the sound off."
"It's something I do," she told CNN.
"We communicate not only with words but with our body language and demeanor."
According to Daily Wire, his anger at being smeared publicly based on evidence-less claims was all the "evidence" Heitkamp needed that he was unfit for the court.
"I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, 'Well, of course, you're going to see rage, he's being falsely accused,' but it is at all times you're to acquit yourself with a demeanor that's becoming of the court," she said.
The "final straw" was Kavanaugh pushing back hard against a Democratic senator, Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar, when she asked a leading question about him getting blacked-out drunk.
"When someone shows you who they are, believe them," she said.
The senator went on to tout her experience as a prosecutor as the reason she's so confident in her interpretation of Kavanaugh's body language and stating that, in the end, "it really came down to that I believed her."
How North Dakotans feel about their senator voting against an eminently qualified, seven-times FBI-cleared judge after watching his testimony with the sound off we will learn in less than four weeks.