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Truth Comes Out: Ford Was 'Afraid' To Fly to DC but Not Hawaii, Tahiti, Costa Rica or French Polynesia

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The circus surrounding allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took a bizarre turn Thursday after accuser Christine Blasey Ford essentially admitted to the Senate that she has been less than honest over the past few weeks.

Ford, a left-leaning university professor in California, had previously claimed that she couldn’t get to Washington, D.C. to testify in front of Congress in a timely manner because she was deathly afraid of flying.

It was obvious from the start that this was likely a delaying tactic by Democrats who wanted to “run out the clock” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but Ford stuck by her claim that getting on an airplane to Washington was a major obstacle.

“The GOP has been told that Ford does not want to fly from her California home to Washington … which means she may need to drive across the country,” Politico reported last week.

“Ford has reportedly told friends she is uncomfortable in confined spaces, indicating a physical difficulty in making the trip by plane,” the news magazine continued.

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But is it true? As it turns out, no.

After finally showing up to testify in front of the Senate after several delays, Ford was forced to admit that she lied or at least hugely exaggerated her crippling fear of flying. It was a delaying tactic all along.

While facing prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Ford was asked directly to explain this “fear of flying” and how it prevented her from giving her testimony earlier.

“May I ask, Dr. Ford, how did you get to Washington?” Mitchell asked.

“In an airplane,” Ford answered sheepishly.

“OK, I ask that because it’s been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying,” Mitchell followed up. “Is that true?”

Ford seemed to squirm as she struggled to answer.

“Well, I was hoping that they would come to me,” the accuser responded.

“When you were here back in August, end of July, August, how did you get here?” Mitchell asked.

Do you believe Blasey Ford is a credible witness?
“Also by airplane,” Ford answered.

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“I also saw on your — you talked about Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Pacific Islands, and French Polynesia,” Mitchell continued. “Have you been to all of those places? By airplane?”

“Yes,” Ford confirmed.

So let’s get this straight. Ford believed that her vague and unproven claim from nearly 40 years ago was so important that she had to tell her story to stop Kavanaugh.

But, she couldn’t be bothered to actually get on an airplane and talk to senators because she said she was terrified of flying.

Yet the exact same woman just admitted on camera that she had absolutely no problem flying to some of the most exotic locations in the world, some of which require far longer trips in cramped airplanes than a routine flight to Washington.

She lied. She made up a convenient excuse in order to help Democrats by delaying the process.

Here’s the big question: If she had no problem lying about this, what else is she being dishonest about?

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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