Politicians scattered predictably in the wake of Sunday’s massive bombshell accusation again Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford went public with serious and specific accusations that Kavanaugh and a friend assaulted her when the two were in high school, and according to the Washington Post, she has notes from a therapist that show she’s been discussing this accusation since at least 2012.
Reactions ranged from cautiously supportive to outright dismissive to, for the most part, somewhere in the middle. An unnamed White House lawyer told Politico that the Trump administration was not considering withdrawing Kavanaugh’s nomination in light of the accusations, saying, “No way, not even a hint of it. If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.”
Senior White House Counsel Kellyanne Conway took a softer approach on Fox News, saying “This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored. I think the Senate is headed toward a reasonable approach, allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony.”
.@KellyannePolls says Christine Blasey Ford’s assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh “has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity… he has been lauded by women from every different aspect of his life.” pic.twitter.com/IJ8gfObJ3s
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2018
Blasey Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz went on NBC’s Today Show to acknowledge that her client would be willing to testify, saying, “She is. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth.”
Back on Fox, Conway went on to say that “this has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of good character and integrity.”
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.