Political Karma for President Trump and Brett Kavanaugh
Hurry- confirm Kavanaugh and ignore sexual misconduct.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is being accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies, but, rather than investigate and look further into the allegations, it’s time to move on. The hypocrisy that the Republican party is.
Remember the McConnell rule where Senator Mitch McConnell made up a new rule: you shouldn’t pick a Supreme Court nominee on an election year. But, it’s okay if it’s a few weeks away from the mid-term elections.
But of course, all of a sudden Republicans are in a hurry to appoint Judge Kavanaugh even though Democrats did not fully receive all the requested documents on Kavanaugh and President Trump used his Executive Privilege to prevent another batch of documents from being released.
By the way, I think this month marks two years that the Supreme Court has only had eight judges presiding. So, what’s the rush again?
The accusation takes place in the eighties while Kavanaugh was at party. Originally, the letter was sent to Senator Dianne Feinstein who ultimately referred it to the FBI which is standard protocol. Per CNN: “Kavanaugh physically pushed her into a bedroom. Along with another male, Kavanaugh locked the door from the inside and played loud music that the accuser said precluded successful attempts to yell for help.”
The victim states she tried to scream, but Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
The woman was able to escape.
History Repeats Itself
With Trump’s administration, those are three words I have echoed many times before. The parallels between Nixon’s administration and Trump’s is obvious, and now we are witnessing it again with the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas and his accuser Anita Hill. And like Hill, her credibility will be challenged. Who is the victim and is she credible?
Who is Christine Blasey Ford
Ford is a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California with several academic articles published. Anita Hill is also a professor.
Ford is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations, as did Hill.
In 2012 while in therapy with her husband, Ford mentioned the incident, but not Kavanaugh’s name according to her therapist’s notes that was reviewed by the Washington Post. There’s no way that Ford could have planned this, but, if you are thinking maybe it was someone else who did that to her, then you should know that the Washington Post reported that Ford passed a polygraph examination that was administered by a former FBI agent.
The issue: Anita Hill was very credible as well, but then again, Hill was ahead of her time and there was no #MeToo movement.
Now, I’ve been criticized because of my opinions of Kavanaugh because people get lost in the details. I’ve never said Kavanaugh isn’t qualified, but, considering how fast Republicans are trying to shove him down our throats without full access to his archives, Executive Privilege, and McConnell violating his own rule, that has been my issue.
I’ve been consistent throughout and considering how long the Supreme Court has had eight justices, then there’s no hurry to proceed. At a minimum, Ford’s allegations should be investigated. It’s the honest and fair thing to do and provides faith in the system.
If Republicans fail to do so, then it only confirms what victims of sexual abuse and misconduct always say: people are always trying to silence them.
And by the way, as to more parallels with Trump: Hillary Clinton ran against Trump and Kavanaugh was one of the attorneys investigating Bill Clinton in the Starr Report which focused on sexual misconduct. Don’t mess with political KARMA.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.