For days I’ve been trying to write a post about Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were teens. And for days I’ve been deleting everything I wrote and starting again.
I want to be fair. I want to get it right. The problem is we can’t know what the truth of the situation is. On top of that, there are the unavoidable political ramifications.
I know virtually nothing about either of the protagonists. All I can do is go on what seems most likely from the evidence we have. At the same time, how can I be sure that my own opinions, beliefs, and prejudices aren’t affecting my judgement?
We all like to think that doesn’t happen to us, but we can all probably think of situations where we were proven wrong. The one I always come back to is all the years I was sure God was real, even long after I was sure all religion was man-made. (And by “man” I mean “man”, and not “people”!)
But I’ve come to a decision that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed. He does not deserve a lifetime appointment to a position where he can make laws, especially laws relating to what control women have over their own bodies.
The way the GOP is reacting to Ford’s allegation absolutely horrifies me. There was a second person present when Kavanaugh allegedly attacked Ford. Mike Judge. But he’s not going to testify. Why not? Because he doesn’t want to and the GOP-led committee isn’t going subpoena him. It seems to me they don’t want to put Judge in a position where he has to admit Ford is telling the truth.
Other than that they have attacked Ford in multiple ways. There are many ways they have done this. Some say she’s making the whole thing up and she’s just a political operative. Some say she’s mentally unstable and therefore confused – that there was an incident but it wasn’t Kavanaugh. There are many other things they are saying. Some are so bizarre it’s hard to imagine how anyone thought them up.
President Trump is amongst the worst!
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
In other words, she’s lying. This is the one of the most outrageous things I have ever read in a Trump tweet, and that’s saying something! He clearly has absolutely no understanding of why women don’t report such attacks. Further, in the early 1980s, because no actual rape took place and she was drunk, any complaint would receive short shrift. Just ask any young woman who was in that position in those days. I’m a little over a year older than Kavanaugh. I would not have even considered reporting this incident to my parents, let alone the authorities, in the early ’80s.
The GOP Want a Quick Confirmation for Kavanaugh
That Trump tweet was a follow-up to this one:
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
The truth is, it’s the Republicans who want to get this through without delay. The only reason many Republicans voted for Trump was his promise to make abortion illegal at least in Republican-run states. Thus, I can understand why they want to get the seat on the Supreme Court filled with another ultra-conservative judge.
It’s the Republicans who don’t want to check to make sure this man is a suitable candidate for the Supreme Court. They are refusing to investigate the allegation, and are bullying Ford into testifying in a situation where it will come down to, “he said, she said.”
Many Republicans are even saying that even if the allegation is true, a teenage “mistake” shouldn’t ruin Kavanaugh’s life. While it’s true that a teenage “mistake” shouldn’t ruin someone’s life, there are three problems with that argument in this case:
1. A seventeen-year-old knows rape, or attempted rape is wrong;
2. If this is a lie as Kavanaugh says, shouldn’t he be calling for an investigation to clear his name?;
3. A seat on the Supreme Court is about as important as it gets. Should someone who, even as a teenager, tried to rape someone, get to decide the country’s laws?
There must be an investigation by the FBI to see if more light can be shed on matters. Especially since there is now genuine reason to believe Brett Kavanaugh may have a history of not treating women as equals and even sexually attacking them.
“‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh’s female law clerks ‘looked like models'”
The president’s refusal to let the FBI investigate has meant other people have come forward with their own knowledge about Kavanaugh.
Firstly, a Yale law professor says that she would advise women who wanted to clerk for Kavanaugh that when they went to their interviews, they should present themselves as models. From the Guardian:
A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women” privately told a group of law students last year that it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models” and would provide advice to students about their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him, the Guardian has learned.
Amy Chua, a Yale professor who wrote a bestselling book on parenting called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was known for instructing female law students who were preparing for interviews with Kavanaugh on ways they could dress to exude a “model-like” femininity to help them win a post in Kavanaugh’s chambers, according to sources.
Once Again, the GOP Supports a Sexual Predator
Then, a few hours ago, a second woman came forward with sexual allegations against the judge. She is saying he exposed himself to her when they were both students at Yale.
From the Washington Post:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called late Sunday for a delay in further consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct.
“I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” Feinstein wrote in a letter to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the committee’s GOP chairman.
Her letter came after the New Yorker magazine reported that Debbie Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, said he exposing [sic] himself at a party when they were both first-year students.
Kavanaugh has denied this as, “a smear, plain and simple.” Of course he does, and it may be true.
But it gets worse.
There’s Never Just One Victim
A sexual predator rarely has just one victim, and there are now more allegations about Kavanaugh’s sexual behaviour as a teenager.
“We are aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties in the DC area during the early 1980s during which Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, & others participate[d] in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.” https://t.co/KLAoxUCNFz
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 24, 2018
“There are multiple witnesses that will corroborate these facts and each of them must be called to testify publicly.”
Holy. Shit. https://t.co/JZBvdjmTVH
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 24, 2018
Gang rape parties & Mark Judge’s ex girlfriend says he told her about a gang rape of a drink woman while he was at Georgetown Prep per the Jane Mayer/Ronan Farrow story pic.twitter.com/3uQhOn0mvY
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) September 24, 2018
If the Republicans continue to refuse to investigate this, I don’t know if I’ll be able to find words to express my shock and horror at their blatant corruption.
At the very least, Kavanaugh should deny the charges but withdraw his name from contention because of the trouble it’s causing for the party. I’m sure the Federalist society has plenty more names of anti-choice judges they can submit. From a conservative point of view, if they’re quick enough they could get this sorted before the Democrats take over the Senate in November.
Of course, the best thing for the country would be if conservatives don’t get control of the US Supreme Court. They should not be able to force their ideology on a country that no longer wants it.
Addendum 25 September 2018
These emails are very difficult to read in Caroline O.’s Tweet above. I would note that Michael Avenatti has so far always come through with public claims of evidence. (I have reversed the order so they are in the order they were sent.)
Mike Davis Email
From: Davis, Mike (Judiciary-Rep)
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:42 PM
To: Michael J Avenatti
Subject: SCOTUS — Avenatti claim of evidence
Dear Mr Avenatti
According to your Tweet from 7.33 p.m. E.T this evening, you claim to have information you consider credible regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Please advise of this information so that Senate investigators may promptly begin an inquiry.
Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Michael Avenatti Email
From: Michael J Avenatti
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2018 6:06 PM
To: Davis, Mike (Judiciary-Rep)
Subject: RE: SCOTUS — Avanatti claim of evidence
Dear Mr Davis
Thank you for your email. We are aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties on the Washington D.C. area during the early 1980s during which Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge and others would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a “train” of men to subsequently gang rape them. there are multiple witnesses that will corroborate these facts and each of them must be called to testify publicly. As a starting point, Senate investigators should pose the following questions to Judge Kavanaugh without delay and provide the answers to the American people:
1. Did you ever target one or more women for sex or rape at a house party? Did you ever assist Mark Judge or others in doing so?
2. Did you ever attend any house party during which a woman was gang raped or used for sex by multiple men?
3. Did you ever witness a line of men outside a bedroom at any house party where you understood a woman was in the bedroom being raped of taken advantage of?
4. Did you ever participate in any sexual conduct with a woman at a house party whom you understood to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs?
5. Did you ever communicate with Mark Judge or anyone else about your participation in a “train” involving an intoxicated woman?
6. Did you ever object or attempt to prevent one or more men from participating in the rape, or taking advantage, of a woman at any house party.
Please note that we will provide additional evidence relating to the above conduct to the Committee and the American public in the coming days.
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