As Palo Alto professor prepares to testify, mayor says #MeToo


Dozens of people will gather at Palo Alto’s City Hall Thursday morning to watch live as Christine Blasey Ford testifies against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Palo Alto professor has had an outpouring of support nationwide ever since she came forward as Kavanaugh’s accuser.

Among those supporters is Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss, who says Dr. Ford’s story hits close to home.

“It’s difficult to talk about but it sort of enlightens you at the same time,” Mayor Kniss says as she reveals she was sexually assaulted when she was a teenager.

“One was a childhood friend who offered me a ride home after a party in college and I never guessed that would happen,” Mayor Kniss said.

Speaking to KRON4 at City Hall Wednesday, the mayor said she’s been a victim twice.

“And the second one was I was flying with an airline with a pilot whose name I couldn’t remember now if I tried too,” she explains. “But just as Christine Ford has said, you may not remember every detail but you know it happened.”

Her shocking revelation comes in the wake of Ford accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

“I was not only with alignment with her before but when I realized how closely our stories were, I became more passionate and engaged,” Mayor Kniss said.

She says she has received an outpouring of support.

Thursday, scores of people are expected to show up at City Hall to watch Dr. Ford testify against Judge Kavanaugh on live television. 

An event many people say they fear, including Mayor Kniss.

“And my fear is that they’ll push this through tomorrow, the vote on Friday and that will be the end of that but I think women will rise up and vote in November,” Mayor Kniss said.



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