One of the sexual assault survivors who bravely confronted – and apparently swayed – Senator Jeff Flake in the elevator is vowing to continue fighting until Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination is either withdrawn or voted down.
“This is a demonstration that what thousands of people have been doing — telling our stories and standing up for ourselves — is working. We will continue to fight until this nomination is withdrawn or voted down,” Ana Maria Archila said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the Center for Popular Democracy, a New York-based organization where Archila serves as the co-Executive Director, applauded her actions and attributed them to Flake’s last minute change of heart. “Today, Ana Maria Archila co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and the Center for Popular Democracy Action, moved Jeff Flake to say he will not vote “yes” for Brett Kavanaugh until a full investigation has been completed by the FBI,” a spokesperson for CPD said in a statement to The Blast.
Archila’s actions went viral earlier today when she, along with a woman named Maria Gallagher, blocked the Republican Senator in an elevator in the moments leading up to the vote to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the senate floor.
Archila made a passionate plea to Flake and told him, “What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them.”
Shortly after, Flake made an unexpected request to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation for one week, pending an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him.