Shapiro: I Thought Kavanaugh Was Finished, But After Testimony He's 'Very Much Alive'


Conservative author and commentator Ben Shapiro, like many of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has gone out of his way to remain open-minded and considerate as to the story of sexual assault put forward by a liberal California professor named Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford has alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to grope and undress her while drunk at a party in 1982 when both were high school students.

As the plausible but uncorroborated allegation put forward by Ford was joined in recent days by additional allegations that were far less plausible and equally uncorroborated, intense pressure from Democrats and the liberal media was mounting against Kavanaugh that had some on the right, including Shapiro, thinking the judge’s nomination was at risk.

But everything changed for Shapiro during the committee hearing on Thursday where both Ford and Kavanaugh spoke under oath about the allegation, as per a piece Shapiro published with The Daily Wire.

Shapiro noted that, early on in the day, while Ford was delivering her emotional testimony, he was concerned Kavanaugh’s nomination was “on the ropes” — as the judge was essentially being asked to disprove a negative and respond to emotions, not facts.

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And then the afternoon session began and Kavanaugh “changed the game” by coming out swinging and firing with both barrels on the Senate Democrats and liberal media — who’ve both shamelessly perpetuated and promoted the unsubstantiated allegations against him in an overtly transparent attempt to stall and derail his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Shapiro wrote, “Kavanaugh unleashed on Senate Democrats and their media enablers, defending his innocence and his character. He cited evidence, background, and character in his defense — and he laid bare the political gamesmanship of the Democrats.”

He noted that Kavanaugh displayed an “appropriate” level of “justified and righteous anger” against those who’d been smearing his name and reputation over the past two weeks, noting how they’d called him a “liar,” “rapist” and even “evil,” all without a shred of evidence to back up such slanderous besmirchment of his heretofore stellar and unblemished record.

Here is just a taste of the absolute fire and fury that Kavanaugh delivered as part of his opening statement:

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But, of course, many Democrats and media figures viewed Kavanaugh’s righteous anger in defending his name as “inappropriate” and even “disqualifying” for the Supreme Court, which Shapiro duly noted by posting several tweets from Democrat politicians and members of the liberal media.

California Rep. Ted Lieu said of Kavanaugh’s anger in a tweet, “Imagine what he’s like when he gets inebriated,” and Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted, “It is hard to imagine this person being objective and fair on the Supreme Court.”

We won’t bore you with the idiotic anti-Kavanaugh musings on social media by “alleged journalists” and opinionated reporters who’ve made little or no effort to hide their liberal bias. Suffice it to say, they were unimpressed with Kavanaugh’s vehement defense of his name, his reputation — and perhaps most importantly — his family, who’ve been truly victimized in this disgusting charade of a confirmation process.

“This is absurd nonsense. A wronged man would be angry. Anything less would not comport with Kavanaugh’s account,” wrote Shapiro of the media reactions.

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“Kavanaugh was on the verge of tears nearly every time he mentioned his family — as he should be. And by wearing his heart on his sleeve, Kavanaugh may have just saved not just his nomination, but his reputation,” Shapiro concluded.

Indeed, arguably one of the most compelling moments of the day — from either portion of the hearing — was when Kavanaugh choked up and was reduced to tears as he described how his youngest daughter had included her father’s primary accuser — Ford — in her nightly prayer.

Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, once considered in jeopardy as the Democrat’s patently obvious smear job increasingly took a toll, is now “very much alive” and in fighting spirit.

Barring anything else arising unforeseen, or some moderate Republican senator going weak in the knees at the last moment, Kavanaugh will almost certainly be confirmed to the Supreme Court after his fiery defense against these slanderous attacks.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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