Sen. Mazie Hirono Launches Into Kavanaugh Witch Hunt Over MeToo, Hawaii, and Leftist 'Studies'
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) used her time to smear Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, as an accessory to sexual assault, a racist against native Hawaiians, and an enemy of the "little guy." Her thirty minutes of "questions" constituted a sustained vitriolic attack on Kavanaugh's character, with very little direct relevance to his record as a judge.
First, Hirono launched into a #MeToo witch hunt against Kavanaugh, attempting to trap him on the issue of sexual assault. She didn't quite ask why he beat his wife... but she came close.
Right out of the gate, the senator asked him, "Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?"
The senator explained, "I started asking these questions about sexual harassment because it's so hard to hold lifetime appointees to the federal bench accountable, and because I did not want the #MeToo movement to be swept under the rug." Uh huh...
She then launched into an assault about the allegations regarding Judge Alex Kozinski, a 9th Circuit judge who resigned after 15 women came forward with long-running accusations of sexual harassment and assault during the height of the #MeToo movement.
Kozinski and Kavanaugh had a longstanding relationship, Fox News reported. Kozinski advocated for Kavanaugh in 2006, when the now Supreme Court nominee was appointed as a federal judge. Kavanaugh formerly clerked for Kozinski, and Kozinski enabled him to become a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh hired Kozinski's youngest son as one of his clerks.
Kavanaugh said news of the #MeToo allegations hit him "like a gut punch." Hirono asked him if he was on the "easy rider gag list," an email list where Kozinski sent "a lot of vulgar jokes, very dirty jokes." The Supreme Court nominee said he had no recollection of such a list.
When Kavanaugh tried to elaborate on the issue, and restate his utter opposition to sexual assault, Hirono cut him off.
In July, the Wall Street Journal editorial board declared that there is "no evidence that Mr. Kavanaugh knew about Judge Kozinski's behavior and no witnesses to anything of the sort." The editorial argued that when critics bring up such issues, "fair-minded Americans should treat it as the drive-by innuendo it is."
This Hirono attack was bad enough, but the senator then proceeded to discuss an 18-year-old Supreme Court case in which Kavanaugh wrote an amicus brief (and a Wall Street Journal op-ed), Rice v. Cayetano (2000). After three minutes of parsing each of Kavanaugh's arguments and attacking them as deeply offensive, Hirono asked him an oddly specific question about an email in 2002.