Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh went through a lengthy hearing, as he was accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Ultimately, Kavanaugh denied the accusations and victims of sexual assault everywhere saw him confirmed to the highest court in the land. Kavanaugh is an extreme conservative and Trump’s pick was applauded by politicians and Republicans who basically want him in place to overturn Roe v. Wade and end abortion rights. It was a dark, dark day.
And now it’s even worse, which seems to be the general trend of Trump’s presidency. The New York Times has published an op-ed in which two reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, say they have been interviewing past classmates and colleagues of Kavanaugh for their upcoming book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.
In the course of their reporting, the two investigators uncovered a story about his time at Yale in which he thrust his penis into a woman’s hands at a Yale dorm party.
Two @nytimes reporters, @rpogrebin and @katekelly, spent months independently reporting out Deborah Ramirez’s allegation against Brett Kavanaugh and found it credible—and documented another serious claim of misconduct with an eyewitness: https://t.co/XquETEtHI1— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) September 15, 2019
His classmate Max Stier related the tale to Porgrebin and Kelly, saying he told the FBI about the incident, but they never investigated it. If it still sounds familiar, that’s because Kavanaugh was accused of doing the exact same thing by his classmate Deborah Ramirez, in a story by Ronan Farrow last year. Guess it was kind of his party trick.
Donald Trump is furious at the media on Kavanaugh’s behalf, tweeting in a rage that it’s all a pack of lies:
Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
To add to the mess, the NYT is being criticized for a tone deaf tweet on the story (that has since been deleted) which read “having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun,” because their social media person is out to lunch or something:
Uh...not really? pic.twitter.com/oBZI5AVYeB— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) September 14, 2019
“Having someone come up to you at a party and repeatedly hit your hand with a ball peen hammer may seem like an amusing prank but…”
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) September 14, 2019
In a weird way, the NYT tweeting about sexual assault in this way shows why someone like Brett Kavanaugh can rise to the position of Supreme Court Justice in America. We’re so immersed in rape culture, even the people fighting it think of forcing your penis on someone as a “prank.”