As Mitch McConnell pushes through the vote on Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court Justice, DailyMail.com has discovered the Senate Majority Leader’s own family hold radically different views.
DailyMail.com can reveal McConnell’s family are fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh getting on the court – with his daughter Porter McConnell, 39, the youngest from his first marriage to Sherrill Redmon, accusing the Republicans of ‘misogyny’.
Also opposed is son-in-law Richard Jerram, who has accused Kavanaugh of committing perjury during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Porter retweeted a post which read: ‘Irony is dead: Moments after Trump discussed the importance of due process vis-á-vis Kavanaugh, emphasizing that people should be presumed innocent until proven guilty, the crowd in Mississippi chanted ‘lock her up’ about Hillary Clinton.’
Underneath the post Porter, whose Twitter profile states ‘views are my own’ wrote: ‘That ain’t irony, it’s misogyny.’
She also retweeted a post attacking Republican Senator for Iowa Chuck Grassley, a keen supporter of Kavanaugh.
The post criticizes Grassley for receiving farm subsidies.
It states: ‘Chuck Grassley: Net worth: $3.3 million, owns a town house in Arlington, VA, owns a $1.7 million, 750 acre farm in Iowa, owns a separate property in Iowa. He’s now applying for Wypipo welfare. Yup, that $12 billion bailout WE payed farmers, is going to a millionaire.’.
Porter is Take On Wall Street campaign director at Washington,DC-based non-profit group Americans for Financial Reform.
Her husband Thomas Flores, 42, is an associate professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Harvard-educated Flores, also a Fulbright scholar, wrote ‘Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.’
On September 18, Porter also retweeted a post from the website standwithblaseyford.com which announced that 599 alumnae from Christine Blasey Ford’s Holton-Arms School in Baltimore, Maryland had written in support of the Kavanaugh accuser.
And on September 24, Porter poured scorn on the announcement from Kavanaugh’s team he had calendars from 1982 which did not show a party matching Ford’s account of when she claimed he assaulted her.
Porter tweeted: ‘What high schooler schedules a kegger, or pencils in an assault?’
DailyMail.com has also discovered one of Kavanaugh’s fiercest detractors is McConnell’s son-in-law Richard Jerram, a dance and meditation teacher.
Jerram, who is married to McConnell’s 43-year-old daughter Claire, a third-grade schoolteacher in Baltimore, accused Kavanaugh of perjury.
On September 30, three days after Kavanaugh gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, British-born Jerram posted to Facebook.
Above a photo of Kavanaugh, Jerram wrote: ‘Very likely he believes he is innocent because he has no actual recollection of such a (to him) minor thing.
‘But this close examination of his testimony, while doesn’t prove him guilty, does show that continual evasions, misdirections and lies amount to perjury and prove him unfit to be a judge – let alone a Supreme Court judge.’
His website ‘Dance Into Life 5Rhythms’ describes Jerram as discovering the 5Rhythms meditation dance technique in 1996 ‘during a period of crisis in his life.’
It adds: ‘Richard moved to Philadelphia PA in March 2008 and married Claire (whom he had met on the dance-floor in London).’
Claire and Porter’s eldest sister is Eleanor, 46, is an assistant professor of history at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. She is also a member of the university’s women’s studies steering committee.
Claire, Porter and their oldest sister Eleanor, 46, are McConnell’s children from his first marriage to retired feminist scholar Sherrill Redmon, now 75.
McConnell married Redmon in 1968 and she helped his successful election campaign to become judge of Jefferson County, Kentucky, in January 1978.
They divorced in August 1980. In a joint statement at the time, they said: ‘Neither of our careers was in anyway a factor in our decision. We have wrestled with some fundamental differences for a long time but our parting is completely amicable. Our children will be cared for in joint custody.’
McConnell, 76, married 65-year-old Elaine Chao, the current Secretary of Transportation, in 1993. He has no children from his second marriage.
Redmon went on to become director of the Susan Smith collection of Women’s History at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Northampton, Massachusetts.
It was at Smith that Redmon collaborated with Gloria Steinem, a leading figure in the women’s liberation movement, to create the ‘Voices of Feminism Oral History Project’.
Redmon spoke to DailyMail.com in her hometown Chesterfield, Massachusetts.
‘I’m glad the press is being aggressive,’ she said when asked about the Kavanaugh confirmation. She added: ‘My views are well known.’
Since her retirement from Smith in 2012, Redmon has been outspoken about the Republican Party.
On November 9, 2012 – three days after President Barack Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney to win re-election for a second term – Redmon posted on Facebook: ‘Isn’t it great that money can NOT buy the presidency! Even with an evil Supreme Court majority.
‘Even with voter suppression. Even in hard times. Take that, Rove, Adelson, Kochs, and Wall Street!’
At the time Redmon posted her statement, right-wing Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was still a member of the Supreme Court.
On November 7, 2012, she also voiced her joy on Facebook at Democrat Elizabeth Warren becoming the first female Senator for Massachusetts.
Redmon wrote: ‘So cheered about Sen Warren. She’ll be a rock star in that benighted body.’
Porter and Jerram’s statement will no doubt be embarrassing for McConnell who put his daughters under the spotlight in October 2016.
After the notorious 2005 p****gate recording emerged in which then-nominee Donald Trump was heard making lewd comments about grabbing women’s genitals, McConnell said: ‘As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape.’