Trump Jr. just attacked Kavanaugh’s accuser while she testified and quickly paid for it

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Christine Blasey Ford, the courageous woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were in high school, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations today.

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To anyone who has been paying attention to the GOP’s shameful behavior in recent days, it’s been abundantly clear from the start that Republicans intended to use today as nothing more than an opportunity to discredit and intimidate Ford. They want to ram Kavanaugh through the confirmation process, regardless of whether or not he’s a sexual predator.

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The right-wing media machine was waiting in the wings, fangs glistening, as Ford recounted her story, looking for any minor discrepancy or sign of weakness to pounce upon. What they got instead was a brave woman confident in her claims and collected in her demeanor.

Denied the easy target they were hoping for, conservatives have been forced to instead focus on one of the most trivial aspects of this entire scandal and ensuing media circus: Ford’s fear of flying.

Previously, while involved parties were trying to figure out how, when, and if Ford would testify, her lawyers mentioned that she doesn’t like to fly on airplanes and requested a short delay so that she could possibly drive to Washington D.C. In the end, she conquered her fears and decided to fly.

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Today, Rachel Mitchell, the Chief of Phoenix’s Special Victims Unit and sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County who was brought in to question Ford, zeroed in on Ford’s fear of flying. It was a strange line of question, given that it has nothing to do with the actual allegations against Kavanaugh.

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Ford told Mitchell that she was originally hoping the interviewers would come to her for her to give her testimony but realized that was an “unrealistic request.” She said while she had been hoping to avoid getting on an airplane, she was able to overcome her reservations with “the help of some friends.”

Mitchell wasn’t quite done there yet and asked Ford about other times she traveled by plane, including for work and pleasure. Mitchell had a list of Ford’s hobbies, which included surf travel and oceanography, and asked her if she had been to specific destinations. Ford said she had been, and added that it’s easy for her to travel when she knows she’s going on vacation.

If anything Ford’s fear of flying makes her a more credible witness, not less. So important was it her that the world hear her story that she forced herself to face her fear of flying, a fear that was almost certainly exacerbated by the anxiety of knowing that she was traveling in order to share and relive a deeply painful memory.

Right-wing rag The Daily Caller shared a clip of the testimony, perhaps because they think it will provide their rabid readers with one more excuse for attacking Ford.

Donald Trump Jr., a creature pathologically incapable of acting in a manner even vaguely suggesting of empathy or class, took to Twitter to say it was “weird” that Ford has a “selective fear of flying.”

Of course, little Donny Jr. is not a psychology professor and has no idea what he’s talking about. For that matter, he’s hardly even a man. Twitter rushed to knock him down a peg.

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Robert Haffey

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

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