As part of the Democrats’ effort to derail the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, California Sen. Kamala Harris — with the aid of the media and allied leftist organizations — attempted to smear Kavanaugh by promoting a dishonestly edited video clip that appeared to attribute certain words and beliefs to Kavanaugh that he had not personally expressed.
Unfortunately, that highly deceptive and ignoble tactic was not just a one-off, as another Democrat — again aided by liberal media outlets — is doing the exact same thing once more in a bid to smear the judge and completely derail his confirmation, according to the Washington Examiner.
Coming on the heels of the late-breaking allegations of sexual misconduct raised against Kavanaugh, Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, CNN, MSNBC and Politico all adopted Harris’ tactic and have run with a deceptively edited and out-of-context clip to smear Kavanaugh’s reputation and make unfounded implications against him.
The clip, which came from a 2015 address by Kavanaugh at the Columbia School of Law, featured the judge appearing to joke about keeping certain events and incidents from his youth secret, which the leftists who assume Kavanaugh is guilty of the allegations against him immediately seized as admitted evidence of his guilt… or something.
In the clip, Kavanaugh said in reference to the high school he attended, “Fortunately we had a good saying that we’ve held firm to to this day, as the Dean was reminding me before, before the talk which is ‘What happens at Georgetown prep, stays at Georgetown prep.’ That’s been a good thing for all of us, I think.”
MSNBC was the first to run with the clip, followed by others in the media, prior to Warren’s sharing it on Twitter, where it received more than 44,000 likes, nearly 20,000 retweets and innumerable outraged — though some were mockingly snarky toward Warren — comments.
Warren tweeted, “Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: ‘What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.’ I can’t imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?”
Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.”
I can't imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice? pic.twitter.com/WhL8YeZQ78
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 18, 2018
CNN’s Jim Acosta and Jeffrey Toobin both bought in to the ploy and acted as if the remark were evidence that he was hiding some sort of dark secret. So too did Politico join in, and noted as it published the edited clip that, “Kavanaugh gave no other context for the joke.”
Except, as pointed out by the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams, there was plenty of context surrounding Kavanaugh’s remark which could have been easily found online in either a transcript of the speech or in a video of the entire speech itself, which showed that the joke was just that … a joke. Perhaps a bad “Dad joke” kind of joke, but a joke nonetheless.
Furthermore, who hasn’t heard the occasional “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” kind of jokes? Anybody? Highly unlikely.
Had Warren, CNN, MSNBC or Politico taken the time to look it up, they would have known that — though more likely they knew the context and chose to ignore it for purposes of the partisan smear.
If they had, they’d have noticed that Kavanaugh was clearly making a joking reference to three of his Georgetown Prep classmates whom he has remained good friends with to that day, and the innocent schoolboy shenanigans those young men no doubt engaged in — not sexually abusive crimes.
Taking the assertion of Warren and the media outlets at face value, one would have to assume that Kavanaugh essentially admitted in a subtle and joking manner to criminal wrongdoing in front of a large crowd in a speech made public.
Or, and this is just a suggestion, Sen. Warren, CNN, MSNBC and Politico all have a partisan ax to grind against Kavanaugh and took advantage of the opportunity to deceptively edit a clip of him speaking several years ago to fit within their current manufactured narrative.
If it weren’t already obvious that Kavanaugh has been targeted by certain Democrats and elements of the liberal media in a coordinated smear job, it sure is now. This is nothing short of shameful, but we’ve come to expect nothing better from the left, so it really is just par for the course.
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