In a new ad called “Fighting Back,” the conservative group Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) presents Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a fighter, someone who will not be intimidated into withdrawing from the confirmation battle by sexual assault allegations. The ad shows footage of the nominee’s fiery testimony, and urges viewers to ask their senators to confirm Kavanaugh.
“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” the nominee declares. “You’ve tried hard. You’ve given it your all. No one can question your effort.”
“Your coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out,” Kavanaugh declares. “The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out.”
“You’ll never get me to quit,” he adds. “Never.”
Kavanaugh testified on Thursday, following the testimony of his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Ford had sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) claiming that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in 1982, when both of them were in high school. The nominee flatly denied the allegations.
None of the would-be witnesses Ford named verified her story. She presented no concrete dates or evidence to back up her claims. Even so, Democrats stated — over and over again — that they “believed” her, and many of them suggested that the nominee did not deserve the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
After Ford, four more allegations came out, each more flimsy than the last. As the fifth allegation became public, the man who made the claims retracted them. At the same time, two other men claimed to have been the ones who assaulted Ford.
Since President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, liberal groups have united in opposition to this nominee, thinking that he would form the crucial “fifth vote” to overturn established precedents like Roe v. Wade (1973). More than 200 activists were arrested for protesting the hearings to confirm him (groups like the Women’s March paid for their legal fees), and activists have dressed up like handmaids from “The Handmaid’s Tale,” suggesting that if Kavanaugh were to be confirmed, women would lose all rights and there would be a government-mandated system of rape.
In this context, it hardly seems debatable that at least some of the accusations were politically motivated. Many of the lawyers involved are also liberal activists. Even Ford herself has marched in the anti-Trump Women’s March and the March for Science.
Meanwhile, about 200 women have testified to Kavanaugh’s high moral character — including two of his former girlfriends, one of whom called him a “perfect gentleman.” As Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) put it yesterday, “It’s been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don’t stop.”
The nominee insisted that he and his family bore no ill will toward Christine Blasey Ford, and he even told a moving story about his ten-year-old daughter praying for the accuser.
Meanwhile, Dianne Feinstein had hired a lawyer for Ford, but kept these accusations secret to use as an eleventh-hour smear to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation. She could have prevented all of this, and led a private investigation, but instead Democrats have used this as a political tool to proclaim their “belief” in “survivors,” rather than actually helping people like Christine Blasey Ford. She, too, is a victim of these tactics.
Despite all of this, the nominee has declared that nothing will “drive me out.”
It seems Kavanaugh is likely to be confirmed, but whether or not he makes it onto the Supreme Court, his reputation has been indelibly tarnished. His righteous anger yesterday reminded Americans that this man has been “through hell and then some,” and his confirmation should go through.
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