Christine Blasey Ford’s opening statement tells a by-now familiar story of a party she attended in the summer of 1982, where she alleges that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her while Kavanaugh’s friend stood by and watched.
There are a few new details, including how the remodeling her California home prompted her to describe the assault to her husband and therapist:
Ford writes that old memories she tried to suppress resurfaced during couples therapy in 2012:
“The reason this came up in counseling is that my husband and I had completed an extensive remodel of our home, and I insisted on a second front door, an idea that he and others disagreed with and could not understand. In explaining why I wanted to have a second front door, I described the assault in detail. I recall saying that the boy who assaulted me could someday be on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Ford says after 2012, she confided in a few friends that she had been a victim of sexual assault, mentioning only that her attacker was “a prominent lawyer or judge, but I did not mention his name.”
Ford writes that until July 2018, “I had never named Mr. Kavanaugh as my attacker outside of therapy.”
Ford’s opening statement mentions how difficult it has been for her to go public, but she denies any partisan motives:
“I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives. Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn. My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decisions about how to proceed. It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth.”
As for the attack itself, Ford writes that what “terrified” her the most “and has had the most lasting impact on my life” was her feeling that when Brett “put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming…I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
Ford admits she does not remember all the details of the attack: “I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to,” she wrote. “But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
Ford says four boys and one girl were at the party. She said she cannot recall the name of the fourth boy.
In addition to Kavanaugh’s denial, three of the people Ford named as being at the party also have signed sworn statements saying they have no memory of the party or behavior described by Ford.
Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the high court, faces allegations of sexual assault dating back to high school by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. He is also accused of exposing himself at a freshman year dorm party to his Yale University classmate Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied the allegations.
On her program, Ingraham noted that the Women’s March has taken the lead in organizing opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“We are organizing an impactful, non-arrest, direct action to make sure that the Senate knows that #WeBelieveChristine and demand that they #CancelKavanaugh and vote no on his confirmation,” the group said.
Ingraham pointed out that the Women’s March counts Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council as their premier partners, and both groups — which have actively opposed Kavanaugh since his nomination was announced — are associated with far-left billionaire donor George Soros.
“According to an extensive study by the Media Research Center, 100 of the 544 Women’s March partners have received a total of … $246,637,217 from Soros at last count,” Ingraham said, noting that Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council are among those partners.
Former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie said he’s not at all surprised to see Soros linked to the groups behind anti-Kavanaugh protests.
“He’s connected throughout all of the left-wing activities in this country and around the world,” Bossie said.
He added that he would like to see more “consistency” from the Kavanaugh protesters, who have largely been silent on the allegations facing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and others on the left.
Jeffrey Lord, contributing editor for The American Spectator, said there was a similar backlash when former President George W. Bush nominated Judge D. Brooks Smith to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001.
He said Democratic senators challenged Smith’s nomination, but it was actually liberal interest groups behind the scenes that were “pulling the strings,” including one group funded by Soros.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 27th, 2018