This woman passed the polygraph test did Brett Kavanaugh (ODT)
“I believed he was going to rape me,” Ford, a California psychology professor, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday local time, recalling an event she said occurred 32 years earlier. “It was hard for me to breathe and I believed that Brett was going to accidentally kill me.”
Kavanaugh responded with an angry, defiant and politically-charged defence, saying he had been the victim of “a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election”.
Trump had reportedly been disappointed by Kavanaugh’s performance in a Fox News interview earlier in the week, believing he was not aggressive enough in rebutting the allegations against him.
The consensus in Washington DC – including on Trump’s favoured television network, Fox News – was that Ford’s morning testimony was calamitous for the Trump administration and had badly damaged Kavanaugh’s chances of taking a seat on the nation’s most powerful court.
“This is a disaster for Republicans,” Fox anchor Chris Wallace said.