President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court has been accused by three women of varying degrees of sexual violence. Professor Christine Blasey-Ford says that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party while the two were in high school. Deborah Ramirez says that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and shoved his penis in her face when the two were freshmen at Yale. Most recently, Jule Swetnick said that she was gang-raped at a party in the early 1980s. In a sworn statement, Swetnick says that Kavanaugh was part of a group of boys who regularly gang raped and drugged girls at parties, Swetnick was one of those girls.
President Trump, as is his habit, has stood by Kavanaugh. Whenever powerful men are accused of sexual misconduct, Trump is ready to defend the accused. Trump has defended Kavanaugh as a great man and has attacked the women who have accused him of sexual violence.
Kavanaugh has defended himself largely by attempting to paint himself as a pure, virginal, church-going, academically focused teenager. He even claimed to have been a virgin in high school and college during a Fox News Interview where he sat alongside his wife to refute the allegations against him.
President Trump has taken a different approach in defending Kavanaugh. Instead of focusing on Kavanaugh’s claims of purity, Trump has attacked the accusers and most recently touted his own understanding of college.
While at the United Nations, Trump defended Kavanaugh against the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez. He said, “You know, when he said that really, what he was focused on was trying to be number one in his class at Yale, to me, that was so believable.” He continued, “I understand college very well. I understand being No. 1 in your class, and I understand a lot of things.”
So the president’s defense is that Kavanaugh was too busy being ambitious to have found the time to sexually assault women. If the last year has shown anything, it has shown that powerful, successful, ambitious men often find the time to sexually victimize women.
The president himself claims to have been number one in his class at Wharton, of course, as might be expected, there is zero evidence that supports this claim.