Add one more lie to the ever growing list of misstatements made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh during his alternately tear-stained and explosively angry testimony defending his shattered reputation in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh defended himself as a self-made man, claiming that his acceptance into the Ivy League Yale University was completely of his own doing.
“I have no connections there. I got there by busting my tail,” he told the Judiciary Committee.
One would think that the alumni of the exclusive Georgetown Prep High School was mowing lawns and delivering newspapers after school while doing his homework in candlelight late into the night in his family’s poor hovel from the way he depicts himself.
In fact, however, Kavanaugh—the son of two prosperous lawyers who easily could afford his tuition at an exclusive private Catholic preparatory school—is classified as a legacy admission to Yale since his grandfather, Everett Edward Kavanaugh, also went to Yale as an undergraduate, The Intercept reported. The news site presented a page from a 1928 Yale yearbook as proof of his grandfather’s attendance at the school.
Not one to let the truth interfere with an effective sales pitch for the job he’s seeking, Kavanaugh’s claims of acceptance solely on the basis of his merit don’t pass the smell test in an Ivy League environment where the scions of wealthy former graduates are routinely granted admission on a preferential basis over equally qualified applicants with no connections to the university.
With numerous small lies already tainting Kavanaugh’s testimony—including the claim that he was legally allowed to drink alcohol when he was a senior in high school when the drinking age had in fact already been raised to 21 in Maryland six months before he turned 18—his credibility is in serious question. Such dissembling is a poor reflection on the character of a nominee for the nation’s highest court. Kavanaugh’s demonstrated dishonesty alone should disqualify him for the job.
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