The big story Monday is going to be the official outing of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser in The Washington Post. In a lengthy piece, Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist, says that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in “the early 1980s.”
“While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it,” The Post’s story reads. “When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.”
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she told the paper. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford claims she was able to get away when “Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.”
This prompted predictable left-wing outrage on social media like this:
Republicans, now Kavanaugh’s victim, Christine Ford, has gone public. What are you Republicans going to do? Accuse the victim? Sully her character, as your messiah Trump & Roy Moore have done to their victims? O party of ‘Christian’ Family values! #StopKavanaugh #VoteGOPOut
— Dr J. Kally-Williams (@kallywilli) September 16, 2018
However, one thing those on social media noticed were the details of the story — or rather, the fungibility of some of them.
For instance, take the fact that Ford doesn’t necessarily know the year of the alleged assault, much less the date. The story first places the assault “one summer in the early 1980s.” Later in the story, Ford says that “she believes it occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15, around the end of her sophomore year at the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda.”
There were also a therapist’s notes produced as evidence: “The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist’s part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.”
Kavanaugh’s name also appears nowhere in the therapist’s notes, just that they were “from an elitist boys’ school” and were “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”
All of this made Twitterers somewhat suspicious.
— B ن ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ (@redhead57) September 17, 2018
I remember my assault. I was 14 (1984), right before my freshman year, & it was 3 boys; two in 9th grade & one in 7th grade. I remember the names & where it happened – across the street from my house behind a bush at night. I didn’t go to my 20th reunion because of the main boy.
— Twirl La Deplorable (@outsidethewire2) September 17, 2018
The details are what haunt a victim of sexual abuse. The who, when, exactly where, & the what. But also some things many would consider insignificant – the sound of the clock ticking, the flowers on the dining room table, the pattern on the ceiling.
— Connie 🇺🇸 (@conniejhorn) September 17, 2018
At this early hour, it’s too early to pass judgment on anything. We can’t even confirm that these stories are real, given the fact that they were proffered over social media.
What we can unequivocally state is that the timing of this accusation is too convenient and the facts seem awfully vague. Not only is that suspicious because of the impact Ford says it’s had upon her life, it’s also suspicious because it makes an alibi completely impossible for Kavanaugh. If it could have happened during any summer in the early 1980s, how can Kavanaugh reasonably defend himself? Victims can forget details, but these are an awful lot of details to forget.
Again, the hour is early, but the details doth reek of something other than unalloyed truth.
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