Kavanaugh's softball Fox News interview won't save him.
Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh presented a squeaky-clean image of his school years during a recent Fox News interview, but former classmates are coming forward to say he's not telling the truth.
Amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct, Kavanaugh sat for an interview Monday night with Fox host Martha MacCallum, where he denied ever drinking heavily enough in high school and college to have forgotten events, and even claimed he was a virgin until "many years" after high school.
That performance has several of Kavanaugh's former Yale classmates coming forward to publicly contradict him.
“Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him," former Kavanaugh classmate Liz Swisher told The Washington Post following the Fox interview. Swisher said she was friends with Kavanaugh at Yale, and said she remembered Kavanaugh drinking to the point of "slurring his words, stumbling."
Swisher was one of several former Kavanaugh classmates to contradict his rosy self-portrait. Lynn Brookes recounted a drunken Kavanaugh escapade, and told the Post, "He's trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy... You can't lie your way onto the Supreme Court, and with that statement out, he's gone too far."
Swisher and Brookes were both college roommates of Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Earlier this week, former Kavanaugh roommate James Roche issued a statement in which he said that he believes Ramirez's account, and that he remembered Kavanaugh "frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk."
Kavanaugh's claims are also contradicted by his own words. In a 2014 speech, Kavanaugh devoted several minutes to stories of heavy drinking and bar-hopping during his time at Yale. Kavanaugh's yearbook also contains several references to heavy drinking.
Kavanaugh's claim to virginity is irrelevant on its own, but the fact that he appears to have lied about it in order it to bolster his pristine image further damages his credibility. Kavanaugh's yearbook also contains multiple references to sexual conquest, and another former classmate of Kavanaugh's has come forward to refute the claim virginity.
Steve Kantrowitz, now a history professor, says that when he and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, Kavanaugh "described losing his virginity," and that he remembers the tale well because "it was the first time I had had such a conversation with an acquaintance who was not a friend."
From the start, Kavanaugh's softball interview with Fox was a desperate gambit to blunt the new allegations against him. But all he has succeeded in doing is convincing his former classmates that he's a liar.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.