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When then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh was being grilled during his Supreme Court nomination after being accused of serial sexual assault and abuse by a number of female witnesses, Democrats claimed he was engaged in a “job interview” and did not deserve the presumption of innocence.
What Democrats said then is worth another look because they appear to be falling all over themselves to exonerate their presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, Joe Biden, after he has been very credibly accused of sexual assault by one of his former Senate staffers, Tara Reade.
As the Washington Free Beacon noted Tuesday:
Prominent Democrats now supporting Biden, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.), Cory Booker (D., N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), suggested Kavanaugh was disqualified from joining the Supreme Court by the mere appearance of guilt.
“It’s a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh,” Feinstein said at one point during the 2018 hearings where accuser Christine Blasey Ford testified.
“Is Brett Kavanaugh who we want on the most prestigious court in our country? Is he the best we can do?” Feinstein continued.
In media and other appearances, Democrats hit hard on the “job interview” narrative.
“People keep talking about presumption of innocence. That is a term one uses in a criminal proceeding,” Hirono told CNN’s New Day. “This is a hearing to determine whether or not Judge Kavanaugh has the credibility and character to serve on the Supreme Court. It is a job interview.”
“Of course he has a right to defend himself, but this isn’t a criminal trial,” Klobuchar said during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “This is a job hearing for the highest court in the land.”
In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Gillibrand said, “This is about whether he has the privilege to serve on the highest court of the land for a lifetime. This is not a court of law. This is a job interview.”
Booker added on MSNBC, “It’s not about a condemnation or a criminal trial about Kavanaugh’s guilt or innocence. This is a job interview.”
“No one is entitled to a seat on the Supreme Court. It’s not a criminal trial. It’s more like a job hearing. It’s more like a job interview,” Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
“It’s a job interview. It’s not a court of law,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said during a Fox News “Outnumbered Overtime” segment.
And last year on ABC’s “The View,” Biden himself hit on the “job interview” narrative.
“[A] Supreme Court hearing is not a trial,” he said, the Free Beacon noted. “It’s a job interview. It’s a job interview, and you don’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt anything as to why you shouldn’t put so-and-so on the court.”
Meanwhile, many of these same Democrats were insisting that the women who were accusing Kavanaugh be believed, no matter how implausible their stories. It’s when the #MeToo movement really began.
Other Democrats believed the allegations against Kavanaugh but now do not accept those made by Tara Reade, including tyrannical Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — who’s been mentioned as a possible VP choice. After CNN’s Jake Tapper asked her, point-blank, why she believed Kavanaugh’s accusers but not Reade, Whitmer offered a mealy-mouthed series of excuses followed by, “I’m comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is.”
For the record, Blasey Ford’s accusations were deemed not credible by the FBI. And another accuser, Julie Swetnick, lied about Kavanaugh under oath, leading to a criminal referral to the Justice Department from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) (which was never pursued, for some reason).
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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