Watch: Kellyanne Conway Tried to Have It Both Ways When Asked About the Kavanaugh Allegations on Fox & Friends
On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, came forward as the woman behind the letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at age 17.
The allegation of a violent attempted rape, supported by therapist notes from 2012, is already drawing attacks and character assassination from President Donald Trump's allies, with Trump — himself accused of sexual assault by numerous women — reportedly enraged at what he sees as a conspiracy to bring his chosen judge down.
Asked about the allegations on Fox & Friends, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president and one of the highest-ranking women in the White House, gave a barely comprehensible answer, trying to simultaneously argue she wants to hear Ford's story while casting doubt on it.
"Well, this woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," said Conway. "I think the Senate is headed to a reasonable approach, in that, it seems to me, in speaking to a few senators, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, that allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations, would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court. So let me make very clear, I've spoken with the president, I've spoken with Sen. Lindsey Graham and others. This woman is going to be heard. She's going to — I think the Senate Judiciary Committee will decide by which forum, in other words, will it be by telephone, will it be in person,"
But remember too," she went on, "that has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity, who has been through six FBI vettings, which I can tell you firsthand are significant and thorough. He also has been lauded by women from every different aspect of his life, and this is significant. This is very significant for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn't vote for President Trump, who maybe don't call themselves Republicans, certainly, in fact, many who don't. But women who went to Yale with him, women who were taught with him at Harvard, his many female law clerks, the mothers of the young girls he coaches in basketball here in a suburb in D.C., this is important, the 65 women who knew him in high school..."
Kellyanne Conway on Ford: "This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored... This woman will be heard... that has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity." pic.twitter.com/KO9rbBmmNA— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 17, 2018
Conway's arguments are shallow. Of course an FBI background check wouldn't produce an assault that was not reported at the time, and naming off the women Kavanaugh has not disrespected or assaulted throughout his career has nothing to do with what he allegedly did to Ford.
Furthermore, it is a loaded argument for Conway to say Ford "should be heard" and then repeatedly emphasize Kavanaugh's "character" and "integrity". Kavanaugh has categorically denied the incident occurred, so logically, both he and Ford cannot both be telling the truth. Therefore, if Conway is firmly on the side of Kavanaugh being trustworthy — a tough sell, given he has been repeatedly accused of perjuring himself in Senate hearings — it is hard to argue she's willing to really listen to Ford's side of the story.
Ford's attorney has stated she is willing to testify before the Senate. The Judiciary Committee has not yet decided how to proceed.