President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court on July 8th. He has been all over the news recently, but who is Brett Kavanaugh? Who is Christine Blasey Ford? Why is Kavanaugh such a controversial pick?
Brett Kavanaugh is a judge who graduated from Yale with a degree in American history.
He worked on the investigation that pushed for the impeachment of President Clinton. Kavanaugh was later nominated to the Washington D.C. Appeals Court by President Bush, and after 3 years was confirmed to the court.
Now, who is Christine Blasey Ford? Ford is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto
University, and a research psychologist at Stanford. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University.
In early July, Dr. Ford wrote a confidential letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980’s.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford claims that she was at a party in 1982, where everyone was drinking. According to her, Judge Kavanaugh and author Mark Judge tried to rape her at the party and she was resisting. After Mark Judge allegedly jumped on top of the bed, she escaped and ran to the restroom until she heard Brett and Mark leave. She also says that they were laughing and talking to other people. During her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, she said “They were laughing with each other…I was underneath one of them, while the two laughed…Two friends having a really good time with one another”. The incident has been corroborated by therapist meeting notes from 2012.
When defending himself, Brett Kavanaugh refused every allegation. According to Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar, he was out that week. When asked about beer, Kavanaugh replied “Sometimes I had too many beers. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”
Senator Lindsey Graham defended Kavanaugh in a heated tangent. Graham stated “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you have done to this guy”.
Meanwhile the #MeToo movement came to Christine Blasey Ford’s side. Notable celebrities including Alyssa Milano, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Ellen DeGeneres spoke their minds about Christine Blasey Ford, defending her. Alyssa Milano was at the hearing at the time, She posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. I’m here. In this room. And I’ve never been so proud to be a woman.”
At Oceana, the Senior Humanities class used the Kavanaugh hearing as an example of the process of becoming a supreme court justice. Though they didn’t go much into detail of the allegations, they still got to see an example of how the government works and a small example of what they were studying at the time: checks and balances. Mrs.Peters, a 12th grade humanities teacher, said, “We didn’t really go over the allegations during class.”
While opinions are still forming about the allegations, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the supreme court on October 6th, and works alongside; Neil Gorsuch, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Roberts, and Clarence Thomas, who was once in a similar predicament with Anita Hill.