September 26, 2023

Kavanaugh just tried to discredit the reporting about his sexual allegations and it quickly backfired

In a desperate bid to extinguish the allegations of sexual conduct threatening to engulf his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh has decided to appear on Fox News, the favored propaganda outlet of his benefactor Donald Trump. With the count of possible women accusing him up to four now, he sat down for an interview, with his wife beside him.

Kavanaugh once again denied the accusation leveled by Deborah Ramirez who claims that during their time at Yale, Kavanaugh shoved his genitalia into her face while she was drunk with a group of people, forcing her to shove him away. The incident as reported by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer for The New Yorker:

“Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”

Kavanaugh told Martha McCallum, herself a former loyalist of arch-sexual predator Roger Ailes, that if he had sexually assaulted Ramirez as alleged, it would have been a big topic of conversation on campus.

“If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus. The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college say that it’s inconceivable that I could have done such a thing,” Kavanaugh insisted.

Unfortunately for Kavanaugh, Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer, the reporters behind the original Ramirez reporting were quick to respond to his weak defense. Farrow tweeted to point out that it’s “worth considering” that Kavanaugh’s own roommate at the time said Ramirez is “credible” and her description is “consistent with Kavanaugh’s behavior he witnessed.”

Farrow was presumably referring to James Roche, who was interviewed for The New Yorker piece. Roche said he was close friends with Ramirez and that he couldn’t imagine her fabricating such a story. Per The New Yorker:

“He [Roche] said that he never witnessed Kavanaugh engage in any sexual misconduct, but did recall him being ‘frequently, incoherently drunk.’ He described Ramirez as a vulnerable outsider. ‘Is it believable that she was alone with a wolfy group of guys who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like Debbie? Yeah, definitely. Is it believable that Kavanaugh was one of them? Yes.'”

Jane Meyer tweeted that the assault was in fact “the talk of the campus” at the time and that a classmate who heard about it back then has always thought about the incident whenever Kavanaugh’s name popped up again over the past thirty-five years.

In other words, Kavanaugh’s defense, in this case, is utterly worthless, since it appears that for some people the assault was the “talk of the campus.” The evidence continues to mount, and at this point, the wisest decision for Kavanaugh would be for him to withdraw his name for consideration.

Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.