Election '18

Interviewer Forced to Explain Why It's Bad If Kavanaugh Committed Sexual Assault After GOP Candidate Claims It's Not Disqualifying

Rep. Kevin Cramer did not even understand why attempted rape should disqualify a Supreme Court nominee.

Kevin Cramer (Screenshot | KX4)

On Friday, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the GOP candidate against North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, drew outrage when he seemed to argue Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn't even being accused of doing anything wrong because his alleged sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford "never went anywhere" — meaning, presumably, he wasn't successful in forcing himself on her.

On Monday, Cramer sat for an interview for North Dakota reporter Chris Berg, and doubled down, saying he didn't think the allegations should disqualify Kavanaugh. He seemed to waver only after Berg pointed out one of the implications of Ford's account being true:

In the interview with host Chris Berg televised Monday, Cramer said that if something like what California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleges about Kavanaugh is accurate, "it's tragic, it's unfortunate, it's terrible." But, he added of Kavanaugh, "even if it's all true, does it disqualify him? It certainly means that he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?"

Berg replied that if the allegation were true, it would mean that Kavanaugh lied. "If it's found that he knew, that he recalls it, he knew it happened, and lies about it, then I think that would disqualify him," responded Cramer.

The fact that Kavanaugh, who has strenuously denied all allegations, potentially lied to the public would certainly be disqualifying. But it is far from the only reason Cramer should not want a sexual predator on the Court.

There is also the fact that trying to pull a girl's clothes off while muffling her screams, or exposing himself to a girl without her consent at a college party, shows a basic lack of moral character, or regard for the rights of women generally. And it raises questions about his ability to sympathize with women or women's issues before the Court, something on which, as an appeals court judge, he has already built a horrific track record.

Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. A second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, went public on Sunday, and celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti claims to be representing a third.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.