Is the latest Brett Kavanaugh accuser motivated by politics? At least one former best friend of hers may have thought so.
Yale graduate and Colorado resident Deborah Ramirez became the second person to officially go on record and accuse President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual impropriety, this time in an article published by The New Yorker Sunday.
“For Ramirez, the sudden attention has been unwelcome, and prompted difficult choices,” the piece reads. “She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.
“In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty. After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
Pretty awful stuff — and much like Kavanaugh’s other accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, there wasn’t anything resembling corroboration anywhere in the piece. And, in fact, there were some pretty damning things about the accuser in there, including a possible claim that she was making the allegation for political reasons.
One thing is undoubtedly true: The New York story has made Ramirez an unlikely international figure. Getting profiled by the U.K. Daily Mail isn’t something that happens to most ordinary Americans.
Who is Deborah Ramirez? Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser revealed amid sexual assault claims https://t.co/zpqF0gtUNE
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) September 24, 2018
The suggestion that there might have been politics involved with Ramirez’s accusation came the wife of one of the students Ramirez claimed egged Kavanaugh on. She was also a good friend of Ramirez and told The News Yorker she was surprised at her account.
“The former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved, and who signed the statement, said of Ramirez, ‘This is a woman I was best friends with. We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. It never came up. I didn’t see it; I never heard of it happening,’” the story read.
“She said she hadn’t spoken with Ramirez for about ten years, but that the two women had been close all through college, and Kavanaugh had remained part of what she called their ‘larger social circle,'” the writers, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, added.
“In an initial conversation with The New Yorker, she suggested that Ramirez may have been politically motivated. Later, she said that she did not know if this was the case.”
This is a pretty serious claim, something a lot of people on social media noticed.
Deborah Ramirez's best friend says Ramirez never told her about this incident and "suggested that Ramirez may have been politically motivated." pic.twitter.com/qcTMwhLGHA
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 24, 2018
And, of course, the political dimensions to the Kavanaugh nomination are huge — which is why some Republican senators viewed as wavering are being targeted for pressure.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 24, 2018
One does not necessarily dismiss sexual assault allegations as politically motivated lightly. This is especially true if the accuser was one of your best friends. That’s a huge monkey wrench in this whole narrative.
Yes, her husband was implicated in the story of the alleged assault, so take that as you will. However, the fact that the accuser was also one of the woman’s best friends would also lead most people to think that Ramirez would have mentioned something to her about her significant long before a story was about to be published in The New Yorker.
The case is the same as with Christine Blasey Ford — there’s no corroboration and everyone contacted seems to indicate they had no direct knowledge of the assault or that they didn’t believe it happened. In fact, one kind of wonders why The New Yorker even decided to go ahead with this, considering how flimsy the whole narrative is.
In both cases, too, we have a political conflict of interest.
Ford was known as a liberal political activist, as Breitbart News reported last week. Judging by the reaction of one of Ramirez’s ex-friends, we can imagine there might be a similar situation there.
In a situation where character and motivation are major factors in adjudging these allegations, that could be a serious issue — particularly given the fact that there’s not a whole lot of other evidence to back it up.
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