North Dakota Senatorial candidate and Congressman Kevin Cramer is under fire for comments he made about Brett Kavanaugh. He feels that even if the claims of assault are true, they are not disqualifying.
Cramer further went on the attack this week in an interview with Chris Berg. During the interview, he made the point that “even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him? It certainly means he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?”
Republicans to this point have not been very sympathetic to Dr. Blasey Ford. Even Senators who sometimes battle Trump, including Bob Corker, have stood by Kavanaugh.
Bob Corker of Tennessee pushed for an immediate vote whether they heard from Dr. Ford or not. He also noted that he couldn’t imagine what Kavanaugh was going through.
Donald Trump, of course, has never left his nominee’s corner. He casts Kavanaugh as a golden boy who was “born for this role.” He also asked, “Why wasn’t the FBI called 36 years ago over this allegation.”
Cramer, however, is the first high-profile Republican to say that sexual assault would not be disqualifying. Cramer’s statements are made that much more important since he is running in a coveted pickup seat for the GOP.
The candidate is opposing Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. Heitkamp’s spokesperson responded, “once again, Congressman Cramer displays a stunning lack of empathy for victims and the trauma they experience.”
Kavanaugh’s nomination is creating a real quandary for Republicans running in the midterms. Despite his lack of popularity with Americans and especially suburban women, candidates must double down on their support of him. North Dakota is a particularly compelling state as Cramer is running against a popular female senator.