Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford nominated for distinguished award by Rep. Jackie Speier

Representative Jackie Speier took to Twitter to nominate Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Ford for a distinguished award.

California Democratic Congresswoman, Jackie Speier is nominating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. The award recognizes acts of "politically courageous leadership,"  and is usually awarded to public officials and politicians. 

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is the woman who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a high school sexual assault. She had testified against him in court.

Speier took to Twitter to announce her nomination In a touching tweet she outlined her reasons and praised Ford's sacrifices.

"Nominating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford ― a true American (s)hero who sacrificed so much to do what was right for our country and for the pursuit of truth of justice ― for this year's Profiles in Courage Award," Speier tweeted. "She is an inspiration to us all." 

The award was created in 1989 by members of the Kennedy family. They started the award "to honor President John F. Kennedy and to recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most."

Past recipients include President Barack Obama, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and President George H.W. Bush. A bipartisan committee decides the winners. 

In September, the Palo Alto University college professor Balsey Ford went public with accusations against Kavanaugh. She claimed Kavanaugh had pinned her down at a party in high school and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

She went on to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, Kavanaugh forcefully denied the claim.

Blasey Ford insisted she was "100 percent" sure that Kavanaugh assaulted her, however, Kavanaugh insisted the opposite. The Supreme Court eventually agreed with him through a party-line vote.

Blasey Ford later revealed before she testified she was threatened and forced her to hire security to protect her family. Her lawyer also revealed her family was forced from their home for their safety.

"Although coming forward was terrifying, and caused disruption to our lives, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty," Ford wrote in November. "Having done so, I am in awe of the many women and men who have written me to share similar life experiences, and now have bravely shared their experience with friends and family, many for the first time. I send you my heartfelt love and support."

The 2019 Profile in Courage Award winner will be announced in Washington, D.C., in May. 

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