The debate around Brett Kavanaugh was quite large during October in the United States.
For those who don’t know, Brett Kavanaugh was Donald Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court Justice to replace Anthony Kennedy. Many democratic politicians criticized his nomination for his “obvious bias” toward leftist principles. However, what was most problematic surrounding his nomination was his past.
On June 30, 2018, a confidential letter was written to Senator Dianne Feinstein (a Democrat) in regards to the nominee, citing that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was physically pushed into a bedroom, locked in, pushed onto a bed and pressed down on with “substantial” weight by the nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his friend was also in the room. She escaped before any further action could be made by the nominee and his friend and locked herself in a bathroom. The incident apparently happened in the 1980’s during her high school years, where she was 15 and Brett was 17, and she had only told her husband and counselor preluding the letter in 2012 and 2013.
After the letter was received, Ford took a Polygraph test which concluded Ford was truthful. Ford decided in late August she did not want to go public with her accusation since she believed he would be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice. As early as September 12th, a leak reported by The Intercept told of the letter that Senator Feinstein was in possession of. This was unintended by Ford supposedly, and she would later come forward on September 16th.
Despite the charges, due to a “lack of evidence” Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6th. The vote was 50 to 48, almost entirely along party lines. Christine Blasey Ford apparently receives death threats to this day.
Additional information can be found on various sights with CNN’s Timeline arguably having the most organization around when the events occurred. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/politics/kavanaugh-ford-timeline/index.html
- Do you believe Brett Kavanaugh should have been confirmed to the Supreme Court?
- What are your thoughts on the amount of evidence in this case? Do you believe enough time was allowed to do a thorough investigation?
- What are your thoughts on the common, “innocent until proven guilty” argument in this case?
- Do you support the #meetoo movement?