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After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford revealed herself as the individual who claimed that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a high school student in the ’80s, notable figures — from Monica Lewinsky to Julia Louis-Dreyfus — have voiced their support and spoken out against Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Now, John Legend is joining in. In a new ad produced by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and released Wednesday, the singer explains why he feels Kavanaugh is “unfit” to serve on the Supreme Court.
“Who becomes the next Supreme Court Justice is the decision of a lifetime — your lifetime,” Legend says. “Brett Kavanaugh’s troubling views on the issues that matter most and his rushed confirmation process make him unfit for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”
The ad then shows an inclusive group of people — including women, people of color, elderly citizens, immigrant families and members of the LGBTQ community — suggesting that Kavanaugh does not have their best interests in mind.
“This fall, your senators will vote on Kavanaugh,” Legend continues in the ad. “How they vote will impact you for a lifetime. Tell them to vote no on Kavanaugh. Remember, they answer to you.”
The ad comes nearly a week after the Senate Judiciary Committee disclosed that it had handed over a complaint to the FBI concerning Kavanaugh. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, didn’t release any details at the time, explaining that she chose to honor the person’s request for confidentiality.
Since then, Ford has come forward, identifying herself as Kavanaugh’s alleged victim. She is willing to testify in front of the Senate. However, Ford is demanding that the FBI conduct a full investigation before she takes the stand. So far, the FBI has not agreed to an investigation because, as a bureau spokesperson said in a statement, Ford’s claim “does not involve any potential federal crime.”