Kavanaugh Should Step Down from His Nomination
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court has been an embarrassing circus. It appears Kavanaugh’s personal background was not thoroughly investigated. President Donald Trump should remove Kavanaugh’s appointment into the U.S. Supreme Court, but the President has shown no concerns over these troubling allegations. Because of this, Kavanaugh should step down from his nomination.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, claiming he sexually assaulted her during a high school party in 1982, according to CNN. A second women, Deborah Ramirez then told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself, thrust his penis in her face, and forced her to touch it without her consent at Yale University, according to the Washington Post. A third, Julie Swetnick claims Kavanaugh was present at a party where she was drugged and gang-raped but did not identify her attacker, according to CNN. According to the Washington Post, Julie Swetnick stated that between 1981-1983, she observed Kavanaugh at parties where women were gang-raped. Kavanaugh has also been accused of assaulting a woman he was dating in 1998 and assaulting a woman in Rhode Island in 1985, according to CNN.
These are disturbing allegations. If true, they show a continuous behavior of disrespect towards women. A man committing criminal acts that should place him behind bars, not behind the bench. Of course, Kavanaugh has denied these allegations. In fact, he has gone as far as saying he was a virgin through high school and many years during college in a Fox News interview. Time Magazine provides a full transcript of the interview. Fox News also posted the interview on YouTube if you’d prefer to watch it.
During last Thursday’s hearing, Dr. Ford’s testimony was convincing. The New Yorker stated, “the nation might be unable to deny her credibility.” She answered any doubters about incorrectly identifying her attacker by replying, “100 percent.” The New York Times stated Dr. Ford, “maintained her composure throughout the hearing.”
“When Kavanagh’s turn came up, he did not seem ready,” according to The New Yorker. “He made a show of being unprepared.” Even during questioning about Kavanaugh’s drinking habits, if he has ever been blackout drunk, Kavanaugh refused to answer the question by Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Instead, Kavanaugh asked her, “Have you?” The New York Times wrote, “Kavanaugh mounted a defiant and tearful defense” and described Kavanaugh as “aggressive.” Overall, the hearing did not change my stance on Kavanaugh.
The American Bar Association urged for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, as reported by CBS News. The ABA was quoted, “Each appointment to our nation’s highest court (as well as others) is simply too important to rush to a vote.” I agree with the ABA. These allegations are too horrendous to ignore and rushing a vote is reckless. That is probably why President Trump ordered the FBI to continue looking into Kavanaugh’s background after the hearings, according to CNN. Hopefully, the FBI can seek out some of the truth. I still believe Kavanaugh should step down from his nomination.
I believe Kavanaugh is continuing with his appointment because he is hopeful his friends will support him, and it will be difficult finding evidence because of how long ago these allegations were. But if the FBI does a thorough investigation, which I hope it does, I believe these allegations will be shown to be accurate. Kavanaugh is better off stepping down now and end this embarrassing circus.