200 Women Testify to Kavanaugh's History of 'Treating Women With Respect,' Going Back to High School
Roughly 200 women have testified to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's history of treating women "with decency and respect," going back 35 years. This testimony seems particularly important, given the suspiciously timed accusation of sexual assault coming from 51-year-old accuser Christine Blasey Ford. On Friday, 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school joined at least 131 other women who testified to his character over the years.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court this Thursday. On Monday, Kavanaugh again reiterated his denial of the allegations. With the Democrats increasingly desperate to stop the judge at all costs, these allegations seem particularly convenient...
"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983," the women wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee members Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
"For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect. We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time," the women added, directly addressing Feinstein. Last Thursday, Feinstein announced she had referred a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault to "federal authorities." Later that day, the FBI announced it would not open an investigation.
On Sunday, the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward with her allegations in an interview with The Washington Post. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were "stumbling drunk" when they got her in a room. According to her account, Kavanaugh "held her down with the weight of his body and fumbled with her clothes, seemingly hindered by his intoxication."
The accuser said the now-Supreme Court nominee "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," Ford added.
Ford did not express her account until she spoke with a therapist in 2012. She sent the letter to Feinstein in July, and Feinstein did not reveal the letter until the 11th hour.
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denied the allegation. "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time," he said. Mark Judge called Ford "absolutely nuts."
Even if Ford's account is true — and not politically motivated, as she insisted — it does not fit with the testimony of about 200 other women.
"Through the more than 35 years we have known him, he has always treated women with decency and respect," the 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school wrote to the committee. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day."