The Republican smear campaign against Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who has credibly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her in high school — hit a new low yesterday when Kavanaugh’s friend Ed Whelan penned a lengthy, conspiratorially-minded Twitter thread in which he proposed the absurd idea that Ford was attacked, but by someone who looked like Kavanaugh not Kavanaugh himself.
In it, he identified the innocent man — who is not a public figure — by name, dragging his reputation into the mud. The weird theory he concocted to muddy the waters for Kavanaugh involved floor maps, yearbook photos, and a huge heaping of pure speculation. His ploy went over poorly, to say the least, with conservatives and liberals alike condemning him for targeting someone who has nothing to do with the attempted rape accusation.
Ironically, Whelan is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Clearly, he cares far more about the latter descriptor in the organization’s name than the former.
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Now, Ford herself has responded to Whelan’s Sherlock Holmes-LARPing nonsense. Late last night, she released an official statement according to The Washington Post.
“I knew them both, and socialized with” the other classmate, Ford said. She also said that she visited Whelan’s Twitter target in the hospital once, so she certainly knew what he looked like compared to Kavanaugh. “There is zero chance that I would confuse them,” she added.
This morning, Whelan took to Twitter to apologize for his “appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment,” which is to say he regrets posting his obsessively constructed theory because it wasn’t embraced in the celebratory way he expected. Whelan took “full responsibility,” which is certainly the least he could do.
I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 21, 2018
This entire sordid affair is just another example of the desperate lengths conservatives are willing to go to install another radical right-wing judge to the Supreme Court.