Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is before the Senate judiciary committee today, testifying about the sexual assault she suffered, she says, at the hands of the current nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Thursday’s hearing began with testimony from Ford who recounted in painful detail the sexual assault.
Before a short recess, Ford described the assault. She told the community that she was afraid Kavanaugh would inadvertently kill her when he had his hand covering her mouth so she could not scream. She recounted telling her therapist and husband about the assault in 2012. She said, “After that May 2012 therapy session, I did my best to suppress memories of the assault because recounting the details caused me to relive the experience, and caused panic attacks and anxiety.”
During the committee’s brief recess, Fox News host Chris Wallace described Ford’s testimony as a “disaster for Republicans.” Wallace said, “This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible.” Wallace continued, “Nobody could listen to her deliver those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had had on her life and not have your heart go out to her.” Wallace went on saying, “She obviously was traumatized by an event.” He added, “This is a disaster for the Republicans.”
Wallace was not the only Fox News analyst to comment on Ford’s credibility. Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano also appeared on the panel with Wallace and echoed his assertion. Napolitano said that Ford appeared to be an “exceptionally credible” witness.
Another Republican, Nicole Wallace appeared on MSNBC and characterized Ford’s testimony as a “worst case scenario” for the Supreme Court nominee. Wallace said, “The worst-case scenario for his nomination was for Dr. Ford to do what she just did: to take the stand, to be traumatized, to be credible, and to be — she was more than sympathetic.” She continued, “She was an unwilling and unenthusiastic witness to the character of Brett Kavanaugh.”
Wallace added, “To say that everything that could have gone wrong for Brett Kavanaugh has, is an understatement.”
On Fox News, Bret Baier says hearing from Blasey Ford "is a totally different thing" than reading her allegations.
Chris Wallace: "This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible… This is a disaster for the Republicans." pic.twitter.com/aSbznSJdHC
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 27, 2018