On Capitol Hill this morning, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while he was drunk at a party. In real time, right-wing media relentlessly attacked Blasey Ford.
Right-wing media outlets spent the week and a half before Blasey Ford’s hearing waging a campaign to destroy her credibility, often by citing bogus nonsense. This morning, those same media figures continued their smear campaign throughout the hearing.
The Federalist’s Chad Greene jeered at Blasey Ford because, as he put it, “she destroyed a man’s reputation and made extremely serious accusations and [she] cannot provide corroboration to your claims.”
‘I wish I could be more helpful.’
You have destroyed a man’s reputation and made extremely serious accusations and you cannot provide corroboration to your claims.
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) September 27, 2018
Emily Zanotti at The Daily Wire, the publication headed by conservative speaker Ben Shapiro, wrote that Democrats and Blasey Ford’s “own attorneys” have “taken advantage of her in order to execute a bigger plan.”
I legitimately feel badly for Dr. Ford. Not only is she clearly suffering, but it seems many involved here — Democrats and *her own attorneys* — have taken advantage of her in order to execute a bigger plan. This is not how you treat a human being.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 27, 2018
The New York Times columnist Bari Weiss seemed to mock Blasey Ford for telling senators she felt it was her “civic duty” to come forward with her claims in a since-deleted tweet.
hey Bari why’d you delete this tweet? pic.twitter.com/DCyPWjX2kc
— Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) September 27, 2018
After writing more than 30 articles in defense of Kavanaugh, conservative blogger Erick Erickson chided reporters for “confirming the basic spin they already put on this two weeks ago.”
Really impressive to see journalists confirming the basic spin they already put on this two weeks ago. She’s emotional, so she must be telling the truth. The GOP is all white men, so they come across terribly. Kavanaugh must be guilty.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 27, 2018
James “Bo Snerdley” Golden, the producer for Rush Limbaugh’s talk radio show, wrote that Blasey Ford’s testimony was “a moment the Democrat Party has schemed for – to smear a good man, try to destroy his career and his livelihood. All to advance their ideology of endless abortion. This Senate Execution is an affront to decency.”
Dr. Christine F. Ford was all smiles. This is a moment the Democrat Party has schemed for – to smear a good man, try to destroy his career and his livelihood. All to advance their ideology of endless abortion. This Senate Execution is an affront to decency.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) September 27, 2018
Dinesh D’Souza said that if there were only “Democrats on the committee, today would be the contemporary equivalent of the Salem Witch Trials.”
If it had been just Democrats on the committee, today would be the contemporary equivalent of the Salem Witch Trials #KavanaughConfirmationHearing
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 27, 2018
Stefan Molyneux, a far-right YouTuber, attempted to discredit Blasey Ford by knocking her for her supposedly “endless expensive exotic hobbies.”
Regardless of the outcome, the Kavanaugh allegations are a revealing glimpse into what life is like for the wealthy – she has endless expensive exotic hobbies, his summer calendar from the 80s is full of workouts and travel…
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) September 27, 2018
Allie Stuckey, a conservative pundit who spoke at the “Women for Kavanaugh” event before the hearing, described Blasey Ford as “childlike.”
This is sad. Ford comes across as childlike. She clearly has a LOT of PTSD. She comes across as someone who has suffered much abuse in her life.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) September 27, 2018
Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA, questioned how Blasey Ford could afford her legal counsel and stated, “There is something else going on here.”
Dr Ford doesn’t know who paid for her polygraph
A a likely expensive procedure at an offsite location, near an airport, done secretly, without knowing who paid for it
Who is paying for her lawyers? Who is paying for all of this?
There is something else going on here
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 27, 2018
Jack Posobiec, a Pizzagate hoaxer and One America News correspondent, said that today’s hearing was “the end game of the feminists.”
We are witnessing the end game of the feminists
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) September 27, 2018
Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer said that Blasey Ford should be given “prison for life.”
This lady should be imprisoned for lying to Congress.
Prison for life.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) September 27, 2018