The White House is dropping all pretense of being respectful to survivors of sexual assault.
When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford first went public with her claim of assault and attempted rape at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House tried to project an image of welcoming the inquiry and respecting Ford's request for a public forum.
But as public support for Kavanaugh plummets and a second accuser has stepped forward, the Trump team is going into full-on panic mode and dropping all pretenses of respecting sexual assault survivors.
On Fox News Monday night, White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp demanded to know, "Why the heck are we having a hearing if [Democrats are] believing her and not even giving Brett Kavanaugh the fair process that he deserves?"
Schlapp's attack aired hours after Kavanaugh took the highly unusual step of sitting for a damage-control interview for Fox News.
Her claim that Democrats are closed-minded when it comes to Kavanaugh is a odd line of attack, however, considering how Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are reacting to Kavanaugh's accusers.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has already declared the newest allegation to be "phony," and said he thinks Ford is “mixed up” regarding her claims about Kavanaugh. But Hatch also said that even if Ford's claims are true, he still thinks Kavanaugh is a “good man” who should be confirmed.
Another committee Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, has already announced that he'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh no matter what Ford tells the committee.
Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker that while she was at Yale University with Kavanaugh, he “exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
Kavanaugh's own roommate from Yale says that he believes Ramirez in part because Kavanaugh was such a "heavy drinker" at the time who became "aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk."
No wonder the White House thinks another Kavanaugh hearing is a bad idea.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.