Opinion: Kavanaugh hearings leave lingering questions


The testimony of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Jim Bourg/Reuters, via Washington Post)

No, Brett Kavanaugh is not a Kardashian, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to keep up with him. After Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, one of the duties of President Donald Trump was to nominate a new Supreme Justice, who then must be confirmed by the Senate. His choice was Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose appointment could swing the court to the conservative side for generations to come.

Usually, all is said and done. However, that was not the case for this judge. Hours before he was supposed to be sworn in, Senator Dianne Feinstein brought forth her letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that she received on July 30. In the letter, Dr. Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the 1980’s while they were both in high school. Dr. Ford also wrote that both he and his friend, Mark Judge, were intoxicated while he sexually assaulted her.  The hearing was held off until Dr. Ford was ready to testify.

Then, on Sept. 27, 2018, the people of America tuned into the hearing via live stream as it occurred at Capitol Hill. Before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Ford recounted her story to prosecutor Rachel Mitchell as Judge Kavanaugh denied her story.

It was a never-ending cycle between who was with who. Ford took a polygraph — Democrats said it was the absolute truth, while Republicans said polygraphs are old and proven unreliable. Kavanaugh brought his calendar from that year — Democrats called it rubbish, while Republicans called it evidence. Ford stated she did not recall everything — Democrats came to her defense, while Republicans picked holes in her story. Kavanaugh stated he likes beer but not to the point of blacking out — Democrats claimed he was intoxicated, while Republicans claimed he responsibly drank. The debate was fervent and arduous, and, as a result, the final vote was close. On Oct. 6, 2018, with a vote of 50-48, Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice.

The debate was strong, and the question still stands: Who did you believe?  Kavanaugh or Ford? Most Democrats took Ford’s side, arguing that she, as a victim, was strong for coming forward despite the hardship. Many celebrities, like Alyssa Milano, took charge with the #MeToo movement, a Twitter hashtag calling for victims of sexual assault to come forward. On the other side, most Republicans took to Kavanaugh’s side, stating that she was merely trying to ruin his life and his chance of becoming a Supreme Court Justice.


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