On Sunday, the woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee came forward. In an interview with The Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, claimed that the Supreme Court nominee attempted to force himself on her at a party while the two were still in high school.
Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who had received a letter from Ford detailing the allegations, referred Ford’s case to the F.B.I. The Bureau decided not to investigate the matter. The news of Feinstein’s giving the letter to law enforcement broke the day before Kavanaugh was set to be confirmed. Judge Kavanaugh released a statement denying the allegations.
The confirmation hearing was postponed after the details of the story surfaced. As you might expect, opinions on this story fall along party lines: Those who support Kavanaugh do not believe Ford’s claims. Anti-Trumpers contend that Ford should be believed.
But whose claims are true?
Kavanaugh’s Accuser Comes Forward
In her interview with The Washington Post, Ford states that in a summer in the early 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh and his friend took her into a bedroom during a party at a house in Montgomery County. She claims that Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and 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.”
Ford explains that she tried to scream, but Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth to prevent her from being heard. She states that she escaped when Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, which caused them to fall off the bed. At that time, she claims she fled and locked herself in a bathroom until the two left.
The Post states that Ford did not tell anyone about the incident until 2012 when she discussed the incident in couples therapy. The therapist’s notes do not contain Kavanaugh’s name, but it indicates that Ford claimed to be assaulted by students “from an elitist boys’ school,” who later became “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.’
It is worth pointing out that the notes state that four boys were involved in the incident, but Ford indicated that this was a mistake on the therapist’s part. In an interview with The Post, Ford’s husband stated that she told him a boy “molested her and prevented her from screaming.” He also said that he “recalled that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.”
On Friday, Mark Judge denied Ford’s claims in an interview with The Weekly Standard. “It’s just absolutely nuts,” he said. “I never saw Brett act that way.” He affirmed that Kavanaugh loved sports and was not “into anything crazy or illegal.”
Ford first contacted The Post in early July when she learned that Kavanaugh was on the shortlist of potential nominees to the Supreme Court. She also contacted Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) about the matter. Later in the month, Ford sent her letter to Senator Feinstein’s office through Eshoo.
The Appearance Of Political Motivation
Since the alleged incident took place over thirty years ago, it is difficult to determine the credibility of Ford’s claims. Moreover, there are no witnesses that have come forward who could verify the accuracy of her claims. In fact, nobody can confirm whether or not Kavanaugh was at the party in question.
Then, there is also the appearance of political motivation. The Post acknowledges that Ford is a “registered Democrat who has made small contributions to political organizations.” Conservative journalist Mike Cernovich claims that Ford “had begun scrubbing her social media accounts” to cover up any posts that might indicate that she has left-wing views. However, screenshots of her posts have not yet been published.
It is clear that Ford is left-leaning, but this does not automatically disqualify her claims. However, it does bring up the possibility that there are political motivations involved.
He Said, She Said
This story boils down to a classic case of “he said, she said.” According to Ford, Mark Judge was the only witness to the alleged encounter, and he backs up Kavanaugh’s claims. Moreover, 65 other women who knew Kavanaugh at different points in his life have signed a letter vouching for him.
In most cases such as these, multiple women come forward making similar claims. We have seen this in the stories about Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. There are no other women who claim that Kavanaugh engaged in similar types of behavior of which he is being accused.
There is also the fact that Ford waited thirty years to tell her story. Before Kavanaugh became the Supreme Court nominee, he had continually been promoted, appointed to higher positions. Those who doubt her story have pointed this out.
It’s also worth pointing out that the alleged encounter happened when Kavanaugh was in high school — put simply, he was a kid. It is not easy to smear someone with acts they allegedly perpetrated before they became adults, especially when there is no evidence.
Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed
Regardless of the veracity of Ford’s claims, it appears that the revealing of her letter the day before Kavanaugh’s nomination was politically motivated. Democrats have been trying to delay the judge’s confirmation until after the midterms, where they hope to take control of the Senate. If this happens, they will be able to prevent Kavanaugh from being appointed.
However, it is unlikely that the Democrats will succeed in delaying Kavanaugh’s appointment until after the upcoming elections. The only event that could derail the judge’s confirmation would be another woman coming forward claiming that he sexually assaulted her. So far, it does not appear likely that this will happen.
In the end, Kavanaugh, like Clarence Thomas, will become the next Supreme Court Justice, and the left will stop screaming about how his confirmation will bring about the apocalypse.