People Are Sharing This Photo Of Male Republicans Sitting Behind Their Female Prosecutor At The Kavanaugh Hearing

“We’re just a bunch of boys, hiding behind a lady, asking another lady why she wants to ruin the life of one of our boys.”

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Christine Blasey Ford testified against Brett Kavanaugh in the Senate on Thursday, saying the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school together in the 1980s — something he strongly denied.

While Democrats asked their own questions of Ford, the all-male Republican members of the committee hired Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to ask their questions.

When Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell first announced Mitchell’s role in Ford’s testimony, he called her a “female assistant.”

“We have hired a female assistant to go on staff and to ask these questions in a respectful and professional way,” he said. “We want this hearing to be handled very professionally, not a political sideshow like you saw put on by the Democrats when they were questioning Judge Kavanaugh.”

A lot of people shared photos of the view from Ford’s seat as she testified, which consisted of all the white Republican men she was seeing.

This is what Christine Blasey Ford is looking at as she describes her sexual assault.

But people also started sharing this specific photo of Mitchell, who sat in front of the 11 white male GOP members during Thursday’s hearing as she questioned Ford.

The picture was taken by Tom Williams, a photographer for Roll Call.

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Pictured behind Mitchell (from left) are Sens. Mike Crapo, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and John Cornyn. (The other Republican members not pictured are Sens. John Kennedy, Thom Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and chair Chuck Grassley.)

In sharing the photo, some people made reference to McConnell’s “female assistant” comments.

The Republicans and their “female assistant.” 📷 credit @pennstatetom

Some wondered why the senators asked Mitchell to do the questioning in the first place.

Others suggested Mitchell was being used as a “human shield” to protect the male senators from looking bad in interrogating Ford.

If these male Senators need a woman to do their jobs, shouldn't we make it official and replace them with women? #KavanaughHearings

They needed a woman to do it because they would have fucked it up real quick

We're just a bunch of boys, hiding behind a lady, asking another lady why she wants to ruin the life of one of our boys

Others argued the photo was representative of broader gender politics in the US.

she is carrying their water

We as women are the issue a lot of the times... if we would all unite together then men would not always hold the power. Instead we are content doing the dirty work for them instead.

The picture was also called “a photo for the history books” that people will remember in years to come.

Photo for the history books by Tom Williams at Getty Images

This photo by Tom Williams @Reuters is going to quickly become one of those iconic photos that remind future generations of this historic day.

Still, after a day of emotional testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh, many simply felt this one photo spoke volumes.

This picture is worth more than a thousand words. (Tom Williams/Pool via @Reuters)