NBC anchor Megyn Kelly was quick to hit back Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein for depicting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a sexual predator.
Although Kavanaugh has not been convicted or even faced legal charges for sexual misconduct, people are believing accusations against him as matter of fact.
Kavanaugh was initially accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford at a party more than three decades ago when he was 17 and she was 15. He and all the witnesses Ford named in the allegation denied the party ever happened or said they do not recall any such instance.
Over the weekend, Deborah Ramirez also came forward against Kavanaugh and said he flashed her during another incident which took place decades ago.
Feinstein said over social media that Republicans “have learned nothing over the last 27 years” and were willing to push Kavanaugh through the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the allegations.
“It’s clear that Republicans have learned nothing over the last 27 years. Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee—particularly at a time when she’s receiving death threats—is an extreme abuse of power.”
Feinstein’s post was accompanied by a link to her official statement on her Senate website.
It’s clear that Republicans have learned nothing over the last 27 years. Bullying a survivor of attempted rape in order to confirm a nominee—particularly at a time when she’s receiving death threats—is an extreme abuse of power. https://t.co/XoAcqEQF1a
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 21, 2018
In her official statement, Feinstein said:
“I’m shocked and appalled by the Republicans’ refusal to wait 24 hours for a hearing and instead rush forward with a vote on Monday. From the outset, Republicans have tried to push through this nomination at all costs.
“Now, in the face of allegations that Brett Kavanaugh and a friend may have sexually assaulted 15-year-old Christine Blasey Ford, Republicans are turning a blind eye to her story. First, they announced a hearing before inviting her, now they’re ignoring her willingness to cooperate.
“It’s clear that Republicans are doing all they can to cement another conservative seat on the Supreme Court—at any cost—even pushing through a nominee with a cloud of controversy hanging over his head. Brett Kavanaugh could serve on the court for 40 years, what’s another 24 hours to make sure we get this right?”
Kelly criticized the California Democrat in a tweet on Sunday morning for her depiction of Kavanaugh.
“A lot of nerve here from the woman who did nothing about this allegation for weeks — and by the way, you don’t know if she is a survivor of an attempted rape,” Kelly said in a tweet. “She may well be, but how about WE HEAR THE EVIDENCE FIRST and engage in at least a semblance of fairness?”
A lot of nerve here from the woman who did nothing about this allegation for weeks — and by the way, you don’t know if she is a survivor of an attempted rape. She may well be, but how about WE HEAR THE EVIDENCE FIRST and engage in at least a semblance of fairness? https://t.co/iobd0UWT8h
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 23, 2018
Here’s more context on the tweets, from the Daily Caller News Foundation:
Feinstein has been accused of bungling Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago when the two were attended different high schools in Maryland.
Ford detailed to The Washington Post on Sept. 13 how she sent an anonymous letter to Feinstein in July regarding the alleged encounter. Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she forwarded Ford’s letter to the FBI for review but never made the allegations public until stories began to surface around the letter itself after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing ended.
The allegation did not make it into the public eye until Sept. 13 when a Democrat leaked it to the press. Ford conditionally accepted the Republicans’ offer on Saturday to testify about her encounter with the nominee.