Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is firmly denying that he committed sexual assault or attempted rape against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were both in high school. But some of his defenders have skipped right past the question of his innocence, and they’re instead arguing that even if he is guilty, it should be overlooked because he’s a better man now. This argument is as offensive as it is absurd. Now we’re learning that it wouldn’t apply even if it were legitimate.
Today we learned that when Brett Kavanaugh attended Yale University, he belonged to a fraternity that was later suspended for its antics against women, and he belonged to a club whose slogan was “no means yes.” So by the time Kavanaugh had reached college, no, he had not evolved into a good man. But what about once he got fully into adulthood? Nope.
We also learned today that after Brett Kavanaugh became a judge, he liked to award his clerkships to female law students who looked “model-like” in appearance. Apparently Kavanaugh was so infamous for this, a Yale University professor would coach female law students on how to craft their physical appearance such that Kavanaugh would be more likely to pick them.
This does not prove that Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault while he was in college, or while serving as a judge. But it does make clear that he has a lifelong pattern of unethical and unacceptable treatment toward women, which has spanned from his youth to the present day. It’s utterly absurd for Kavanaugh’s apologists to make the argument that an attempted rapist should be allowed on the Supreme Court because he’s since become a good man. It’s even more absurd when you consider the evidence that Kavanaugh has not become a good man.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report