Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended himself with passion and emotion Thursday, blasting Democrats for their handling of his nomination and describing the pain that sexual assault allegations have had upon his family.
For more than 30 minutes, Kavanaugh excoriated Democrats for turning “advise and consent into search and destroy” and painstakingly described why the allegations are in complete contrast to a lifetime of high character and rave reviews from classmates and professional colleagues.
“It was so powerful. I think you really saw the real Brett Kavanaugh today,” said Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel Carrie Severino, who says Kavanaugh is not only concerned about his future on the judiciary but whether he can continue other passionate pursuits such as teaching and coaching.
Severino says the most gut-wrenching moment was when Kavanaugh relayed the story of his young daughter’s reaction to the sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“His ten-year-old daughter, as they were saying their evening prayers together, was saying that we should be praying for Dr. Ford as well,” said Severino.
Many liberal reporters castigated Kavanaugh’s opening statement as angry and unhinged. Severino says it was understandable.
“I think that’s a reaction most of us can identify with. If you thought, ‘How would I feel if I was being falsely accused of something.’ Judge Kavanaugh says he’s absolutely being falsely accused. He says, ‘I never had anything to do with this,'” said Severino.
Ultimately, Severino says lawmakers should weigh the evidence, primarily that no person or evidence exists to corroborate Ford’s claim.
And she says lawmakers should confirm Kavanaugh.
“I think very few senators at this point are going to want to vote against such a qualified, universally respected judge in favor of what’s ever more looking like a partisan smear job,” said Severino.