Archila and another woman, Maria Gallagher, made a decision to go to Flake's office, where they saw his statement of support for Kavanaugh after the judge and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's guest for the State of the Union address is an activist who cornered then-Sen.
Hours after the encounter, Flake, who had voted to move ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation, reached across the aisle to delay a floor vote on the confirmation for one week to allow the FBI to investigate Ford's claims. She wasn't planning on leaping into that elevator ahead of the Kavanaugh vote, but after hearing the stories of survivors across the country, she went in.
In October, Flake said that the confrontation had an impact on his call to for an investigation. "Instead of us assimilating them, they are assimilating us, and they want to bring the kind of socialism that destroyed Venezuela and frankly Mexico here..."
"I just feel particularly moved that in her first participation in the State of the Union, she is inviting me to join and inviting that moment of the elevator, my confrontation with the men who do not understand the life of women and lives of people who are not in power, that's she inviting me into that imagination of people again", Archila said to the Intercept. In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford told the panel that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh had assaulted her at a gathering of teenagers when they were in high school in the 1980s; Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusations during his testimony.
"It was a good opportunity for us to see what the base was willing to do and if they were going to stand by her in the event of a primary challenge", Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez's communications director, told the Huffington Post. He is the 69-year-old leftwing veteran who has remade the British Labour party in his image; she is a freshman member of Congress who has electrified the progressive movement in the United States. Her tweet continued, "Here's a hint: I just picked up this gift for them at our very own Lockwood Shop in Jackson Heights".
"I'm proud to announce that my #StateOfTheUnion guest will be @AnaMariaArchil2".
"I, like millions of people, am filled with hope by Alexandria's fierce leadership, her bold vision, and her relentless belief that our country is abundant", Archila said in a press release.
'You know it's interesting, I've been watching our opponents, our future opponents, talking about 70%,' Trump said.