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The Kavanaugh case impact on civil discourse

Posted at 11:26 AM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 12:33:35-04

In continuing coverage on the Brett Kavanaugh case, the GOP Senate Judiciary chair says, there is "No hint of misconduct" in the confidential FBI report on the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.

This highly publized case is bringing up a large amount of emotional stances and issues to light. More than 20.4 million people watched Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testify Thursday, according to a Nielsen estimate. And that does not include the number people who watched on their phones, computers and on social media.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse says even before Kavanaugh's hearing, the nation was heavily divided.

"The last decision that created an equal amount of outrage was the issue of taking children away from their parents at the border. So we just keep adding on distinct policy decision that further exasserbate a deep, deep anger, a deep, deep sense of vurnerability that in one group of Americans about another group of Americans," said Lukensmeyer.

Many Americans side with Kavanaugh, others are standing beside Blasey-Ford. But today, The FBI announced it found "No hint of misconduct" in the allegations against him.

"Unfortunately, the hyper-partisanship of the Kavanaugh hearings and then adding on the issue of sexual assault, the divided views on who's telling the truth, how much it should matter in terms of his appointment; this is just going to exsaserbate and make much more difficult the ability to heal in our communities," Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

A vote is set for Friday on whether to move forward with voting Kavanaugh into a Supreme Court seat. A vote that will have americans glues to their screens.

"Whatever the decision is, if Kavanaugh does move forward to the Supreme Court or if Kavanaugh does not move forward to the Supreme Court, its just going to be a different group of Americans, and I mean millions of Americans, who are morally outraged by that decision," said Lukensmeyer. "What has to happen to move forward is we have to bring together the organizations in a community level that step up and take leadership to bring about some healing. To bring about the capacity to have real conversation with people who are on the other side of the line from you, but to do that in a way that is safe."