If true, would allegations against Kavanaugh rule him out as a Supreme Court justice?

September 17, 2018

If true, would allegations against Kavanaugh rule him out as a Supreme Court justice?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Do allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh affect your opinion about whether he should be a Supreme Court justice? If Kavanaugh sexual assaulted a classmate as a high schooler, does it disqualify him from serving?

Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor, accused Kavanaugh, the Trump Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assaulting her in high school.

The allegations are serious, and disturbing. Ford said Kavanaugh tried to take off her clothes while covering her mouth. She said he played loud music so she couldn’t yell for help. Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations.

NEW: Statement from Judge Brett Kavanaugh: pic.twitter.com/lHXrotm1eA— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) September 17, 2018

The allegations come amid confirmation hearings on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court bid. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Thursday on whether to give Kavanaugh a seat on the court.

Reactions may depend on your political leanings, since the makeup of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. There’s the argument that boys will be boys, and that teenage stupidity shouldn’t detract from his fitness as a justice.

There’s flat-out ridicule of Ford.

View this post on InstagramOh boy... the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now. Finestein had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote... honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency. 🤣🇺🇸🤣🇺🇸🤣 #politics #magaA post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Sep 15, 2018 at 12:30pm PDT

There’s the opposing view, that we should hold the nine highest justices in the land to much higher standard than the rest of us.

We have every reason to trust Dr. Christine Ford. In contrast, Brett Kavanaugh has demonstrated a number of times in his testimony and statements that he is willing to bend the truth. These are serious allegations that demand a thorough investigation. We need to #PostponeTheVote.— Jeff Merkley (@JeffMerkley) September 17, 2018

But if the allegations are true, should they end Kavanaugh’s chances of sitting on the country’s highest court?

This isn’t the first-time allegations of sexual misconduct have come up during Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

In 1991, Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings. Her allegations ignited a national conversation around sexual misconduct, but ultimately didn’t stop Thomas from reaching the highest court in the land.

Sexual violence and harassment isn’t necessarily tolerated the way it was decades ago.

In the wake of the #metoo movement, society tends to believe women who say they were assaulted. Women, in turn, feel more empowered to speak out about abuses.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

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