Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, most assuredly, does not share Donald Trump’s high opinion regarding his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980’s. He conducted these acts with the assistance of Mark Judge. Both were one to two years older than me and students at a local private school. The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.
Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stair well from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help. Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with Judge, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me.
From across the room a very drunken Judge said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from ‘go for it’ to ‘stop.’ At one point when Judge jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom. I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home.”
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
“It never happened. I never saw anything like what was described. It is not who he is.”
SIDEBAR: Rather than my repeatedly typing in the words alleged and allegedly, as you read onward, keep in mind that my commentary and characterizations are still unproven conjecture. That duly noted, let’s deconstruct those above three block-quoted passages in reverse order.
Judge’s words, if uttered under oath in a courtroom, could be deemed perjury. His all too predictable “loyalty” to Kavanaugh could also be categorized as self-serving. After all, to implicate his buddy, Brett, would be to implicate himself.
Kavanaugh’s all too predictable self-defense is that of a misogynist who’d say / do anything to sate his lust for power… to have his way with / force himself upon an entire nation… especially upon the entire female demographic of said nation.
Ford’s fully detailed, alarmingly chilling account is totally credible. She has finally managed to drown out those long ago decibels of excessively loud music and pry free that suffocating, grubby paw blocking her nose and covering her mouth. Her muffled screams and cries for help have now spanned the decades.
While nobody came to Ford’s rescue back then, it would not be too late for the Judiciary Committee’s Republican Senators to find their hearts… to gain some sense of the traumatic experience her attackers forced her to endure… to hear her cries for help. If these righties have even one shred of decency they’d vote along with the Democrats to, unanimously, deny Brett Kavanaugh that ninth seat on the Supreme Court bench.
As for Trump and his ilk, Election Day 2018 will be the pivotal moment. They do realize that defending Kavanaugh too strongly could easily infuriate voters to the point where Republicans will wind up losing control of both the U.S. House and Senate… thereby leaving Donny totally vulnerable to impeachment and removal from office. My recommendation to the entire American electorate is that we make damned sure that we make both of those Republican nightmares come true!
Their fears have been the ONLY thing, which has prevented the (similarly accused of sexual assault) sitting, ersatz prez AND the horde of his rapist sympathizing, congressional cronies from brutally, sadistically re-victimizing Ms. Ford.
Of course, my above observations are merely educated guesses, which, at this early juncture, do not count… and must not count! Why not?
Because here in America, we believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty and that a court of law… NOT the blogosphere… is the proper venue for establishing guilt.
Due process must run its course. FBI investigators need to do their thing. If they find Ford’s claims credible, then Kavanaugh should pose for mugshots, be fingerprinted and go to trial where a jury of his peers can hear the testimony, weigh the evidence during deliberations and then either acquit or convict him. If they deliver the guilty verdict… then he must do the time for committing the crime.
One would expect attorney Kavanaugh, presently a U.S. Circuit Court Judge, to respect / be an avid advocate of due process, right?
Of course, if he has one shred of decency left in him, he would offer his sincere apology to Ford AND avoid a trial / re-victimizing her by confessing.
Well, from this point onward, as we turn our attention to all things Trumpian, there’ll be no further need for the word alleged.
In spite of the fake prez’s totally out of character subdued public utterances, yesterday, it is reasonable to suspect that, privately, deep within the bowels of the Trumpian Universe, the whiny, childishly impatient, impetuous “prez” and his like-minded Senators are all infuriated because the Democrats have temporarily succeeded in delaying their concerted efforts to railroad their boy, Brett, through the confirmation process… get him seated before the 1st Monday in October when the eight other SCOTUS judges return from their summer recess.
Of course, these righties have no one else but themselves to blame for having taught Democrats delaying tactics. Have they already forgotten how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had marginalized both President Barack Obama and his SCOTUS judge nominee, Merrick Garland… forgotten how that resulted in the Supreme Court being minus one judge for over 400 days?
Anyhow, since America could survive that vacancy for over one year, we can certainly survive another one. All of us thinking adults would be willing to wait for as long as it may take to determine, beyond a shadow of a doubt, whether Brett Kavanaugh should don a Supreme Court black robe or jump into a prison orange jumpsuit.