A very interesting segment on MSNBC’s AMJoy show explored whether Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was involved in crafting the conspiracy theory that the incident involving Christine Blasey Ford happened but Kavanaugh was not the assailant. According to the host Joy Reid, this claim was first put out there by Sen Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said Ms Ford was “mistaken”. This was then closely followed by tweets from Ed Whelan, a well known GOP operative who actively said it was someone else involved in the incident and not Kavanaugh.
The full AM Joy segment is available here, but the relevant clip is below
So you ask–“What’s the big deal @Emolclause? Like everyone else, they were just speculating. The alleged incidents happened decades ago and nobody knows what actually happened. There’s nothing wrong with speculation.”
Here’s why its a big deal. As the panelists on AM Joy show correctly pointed out, the series of events leading to this “it was someone else” theory makes it highly likely that the Trump White House, the GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and potentially Kavanaugh worked together to craft this conspiracy theory to essentially mislead the public about a very consequential matter–an attempted rape. This is a very big deal, which as one of the panelists Tiffany Cross correctly points out should be investigated by the FBI. If the FBI finds out that Kavanaugh was in any way involved in the crafting of this conspiracy theory, that should immediately kill his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bottom line Dems should not just insist that the FBI investigate whether Kavanaugh committed attempted rape as Christine Blassey Ford alleges, they should seriously look into whether he was involved in crafting this conspiracy theory. At the next Senate Judiciary hearing, Dems must really pester Kavanaugh with questions about the origins and circulation of this conspiracy theory. If he was involved, that in itself should kill his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
For those of you very happy with @Emolclause’s activism don’t shy away from the “tip jar” below on your way out