President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three women. 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.
In a television interview, Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) made clear that he does not believe the allegations, even if true, are reason to keep Kavanaugh off the court. His comments are demonstrative of the Republican interest in getting Kavanaugh on the Court at any cost.
Cramer’s response to Dr. Ford’s story, “It certainly means that he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?” Cramer has also characterized the allegations made by Dr. Ford as “absurd” and said that Kavanaugh and Ford were “teenagers who evidently were drunk.” He added, “nothing evidently happened in it all.”
Of course, Ford says she drank one beer during the party and says that Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk.”
Cramer is not the only Republican to accept Kavanaugh, even if he is guilty of criminal sexual assault. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who sits on the Senate judiciary committee said of the allegations, If that was true, I think it would be hard for senators to not consider who the judge is today.” He added, “That’s the issue. Is this judge a really good man? And he is. And by any measure he is.”
Cramer is currently running for Senate in North Dakota, he is hoping to the seat now occupied by Democrat Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Heitkamp responded to Cramer’s support for Kavanaugh, even if he is indeed a sexual predator, saying, “What Congressman Kevin Cramer said is offensive to women, an affront to survivors and doesn’t align with North Dakota values.”
The Republicans have made clear their priority. They are willing to do anything it takes to seat Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment on the nation’s highest Court, even if he sexually assaulted numerous women.