The hearing for and eventual Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh portends to be an important topic during the 2020 elections. The issue could be especially troubling for Republicans who serve blue or purple states. Susan Collins’ potential opponent, Sara Gideon has already attacked the Maine Senator for her vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Many of the Republicans at the hearing claimed that they believed accuser, Christine Blasey-Ford had been sexually assaulted, though they did not feel that it was done by Kavanaugh. According to a new book by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, First Lady Melania Trump did not believe Blasey-Ford at all.
The book, Justice on Trial, alleges that following the hearing, Melania said to her husband, “You know that woman is lying, don’t you?”
Her husband was also disbelieving of Blasey-Ford’s testimony. At a Mississippi rally, he mocked the testimony before a laughing crowd:
“I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer. How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” the President continued. “What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs — where was it? I don’t know — but I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember.”
The books authors argue that the media also played an outsize role in making Blasey-Ford appear credible. They write, “Her credibility, if anything, was viewed as stronger because of her lapses in memory and because the odder parts to the story, such as her description of how she came to tell her husband about the assault. Despite the holes in her story, the media clung to these details.”