CNN held a focus group with five Republican women who broke the left’s narrative by unanimously choosing to defend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Thursday night.
“A show of hands. How many of you believe Judge Kavanaugh when he says this didn’t happen?” CNN reporter Randi Kaye asked the women.
All of them raised their hands, much to the left’s dismay.
Much of the focus group’s skepticism around the allegations has to do with the timing. Kavanaugh’s accuser, Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, claimed the sexual assault against her happened over 30 years ago and she has only come forward recently.
Watch the whole segment here.
“In the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Can we – really? 36 years later?” a woman identified Irina Villarino said.
The CNN reporter tried to guide the conversation into a different direction.
“Why would she come forward if this wasn’t true? Because it has basically destroyed her family. She’s had to move. She’s gone undercover. She’s gotten death threats. So if she’s lying, why come forward?” Kaye asked.
Villarino pointed out that Ford’s accusations have similarly affected Kavanaugh’s life.
“She’s also destroying his life, his wife’s life, his children’s lives. His career,” she said. The other women in the room agreed.
Villarino also questioned why Ford didn’t come forward with her accusations sooner.
“I mean, why didn’t she come out sooner if she’s telling the truth?” Villarino said.
“Why didn’t she come out when he was going into the Bush White House? Why didn’t she come out when he’s been a federal judge for over a decade,” a panelist identified as Angie Vazquez added.
“Does something that allegedly happened some 30-plus years ago matter today?” Kaye asked the women.
“You can’t judge the character of a man based on what he did at 17,” one of the women, identified as Lourdes Castillo de la Pena, replied.
Kaye finally asked the women if they would still want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court — even if the allegations are true.
“He was 17. He was not even an adult, and we all make mistakes at 17. I believe in a second chance,” a woman identified as Gina Sosa said.
“If the person made a mistake and they move on, and they have been a good human being, you know, who are we to judge?” Castillo de la Pena added.
In short, every single woman in the focus group supported Kavanaugh even after their loaded questions.
It’s a good bet those probably weren’t the responses CNN expected.
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