By Safiyah G‘22
On October 8th, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in with the vote of 50-48, one of the closest votes in history. The induction followed a long period of questioning after Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct. The accusations that came from Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both teenagers. They both appeared in front of Congress on September 27th to testify what happened.
Ford attended an all-girls school in Maryland, and often met with boys from all-boy schools at social gatherings. According to Ford, the encounter began in a party, where Kavanaugh appeared to be drunk. As she walked upstairs to use the bathroom, Kavanaugh drew her into the bedroom, pinned her to a bed, and clumsily attempted to pull off her clothes. While she did try to call for help, she was unable to because her voice was muffled after Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. She took the chance to run away when a friend of Kavanaugh interrupted them. Ford tells that the experience severely altered her life, forcing her to live a life of shame and anxiety.
Kavanaugh, on the other hand, tells the Senate a different story. He claims that the media reported a series of falsehoods in order to drive him out of being on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh told the committee that he has never sexually assaulted anyone, and was critical towards sexual assault. He does believe that Christine Ford may have been sexually assaulted, but he argues to have no connection to it. Kavanaugh provided detailed calendars, explaining that he had no time for parties. Kavanagh was also asked about his drinking habits as high schooler to see if he ever got drunk enough to not remember what happened. He repeatedly mentioned his love for beer without ever giving the Senate a clear answer. Throughout the hearing, Kavanaugh became red and raised his voice at some of the questions asked, often being rude to the Senate committee.
After the testimonies, the Senate voted for the nomination. It was faced with mass protest, as demonstrators rallied against Kavanaugh in the Capitol. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said “I want to thank the mob, because they’ve done the one thing we were having trouble doing, which was energizing our base.”
Shortly after being confirmed, Kavanaugh was sworn in. The President and Kavanaugh both made speeches, even noting that all four of his law clerks are women, a first in the history of the Supreme Court. The journey to being a Supreme Court Justice has been a quite a controversial one for Judge Kavanaugh, and his actions as a judge will matter the most to the nation.