Could Democrats’ efforts against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh come back to bite them?
That already may be the case as New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is being called out on his hypocrisy in demanding a delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote amid a resurfaced article in which he admitted to groping a girl without her consent in high school.
As the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago still has not agreed to testify before Congress, and as fellow classmates have denied the incident happened or walked back claims that it did, now skeletons in their own closets may prove the final undoing for Democrats bent on derailing President Donald Trump’s nomination.
Booker called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to let the FBI conduct an investigation following Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when the teens were in high school. The New Jersey Democrat who came under fire for his grandstanding during the confirmation hearings is now being accused of hypocrisy for a 1992 article he wrote for a student-run newspaper.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) September 19, 2018
“New Year’s Eve 1984 I will never forget. I was 15. As the ball dropped, I leaned over to hug a friend and she met me instead with an overwhelming kiss. As we fumbled upon the bed, I remember debating my next ‘move’ as if it were a chess game,” Booker wrote in the Stanford Daily.
“With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark,’” he continued. “Our groping ended soon and while no ‘relationship’ ensued, a friendship did. You see, the next week in school she told me that she was drunk that night and didn’t really know what she was doing.”
“When I hesitated in writing this column, I realized I was basking in hypocrisy. So instead I chose to write and risk,” he explained in his college paper, describing how he went from a 15-year-old “trotting around the bases and stealing second” to someone who a female friend “chidingly called” a “man-hater” in college.
“In retrospect, my soliloquy titled ‘The Oppressive Nature of Male Dominated Society and Its Violent Manifestations Rape, Anorexia, Battered Wives’ may have been a surreptitious attempt to convince her that I was a sensitive man, but more likely I was trying to convince myself that my attitudes had changed,” Booker wrote.
Months later, in another article for the Daily, Booker referred to the column, which he said was about “date rape.”
“But by my second column, as I raised my noble pen to address the issue of date rape, I realized that the person holding it wasn’t so noble after all,” he wrote. “With this issue as with so many others, a dash of sincere introspection has revealed to me a dangerous gap — a gap between my beliefs and my actions.”
The potential 2020 presidential contender called for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh – which the nominee has vehemently denied – before holding a hearing. His demands seem more questionable given the resurfaced articles.
So basically, there is more factual evidence that Senator Cory Booker sexually assaulted a fellow high school student than there is about the man he’s trying to block from #SCOTUS.
Got it. pic.twitter.com/tGCeT7P9AK
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) September 20, 2018
Booker’s column “puts the senator in an awkward position regarding the allegations against” Kavanaugh, Paul Mulshine wrote for New Jersey’s Star-Ledger.
“Based on that Stanford Daily column, Booker should be giving Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt as well. The point of it was that the future senator had ‘a wake-up call’ and decided ‘I will never be the same,’” he wrote.
Booker’s office slammed the “right-wing attack” in a statement to Fox News.
“This disingenuous right-wing attack, which has circulated online and in partisan outlets for the past five years, rings hollow to anyone who reads the entirety of Senator Booker’s Stanford Daily column,” a spokesperson for the senator said.
“The column is in fact a direct criticism of a culture that encourages young men to take advantage of women — written at a time when so candidly discussing these issues was rare — and speaks to the impact Senator Booker’s experience working to help rape and sexual assault survivors as a college peer counselor had on him,” the statement continued.
Booker is getting no sympathy online however as his double standard and blatant hypocrisy are being called out.
— Alana Stewart (@AlanaKStewart) September 20, 2018
Cory Booker going all Spartacus over a no evidence accusation of the groping of a teenager, when he **himself** has **admitted** to groping a 15 year old, is among the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in politics. https://t.co/shfZ5Mc8C3
— Stu Burguiere (@WorldOfStu) September 20, 2018
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) September 19, 2018
What Mr. Booker is saying is “do as I say, not as I do.” Not surprising, based on the circumstances.
— steves7943 (@steves7943) September 20, 2018
Also for context, * Cory Booker believes 17 year olds shouldn’t be held responsible for their actions. https://t.co/fIQnpt37si
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) September 20, 2018
We call for an FBI Investigation. @CoryBooker
— rstet1 (@rstet1) September 20, 2018
— Tim Or TMI (@Tim_Or_TMI) September 20, 2018
If this is true, FBI should open an investigation on him and he should be precluded from running for POTUS. what a disgraceful hypocrite this guy is.
— Big Goon (@Mendham49) September 20, 2018
Wait… isn’t Cory Booker gay?
— Conservative Woman (@DyedintheRed) September 20, 2018
He states he is a changed man…..so what? In the era of the #Metomovement which he fully endorses he must resign. What goes around comes around.
— Janet Yard (@jy1marie73) September 20, 2018
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