Objectification of the highest order
9/27/2018, 6 a.m.
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has given us even more reasons to believe he is not fit to be seated on the nation’s highest court.
When he was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in July by President Trump, we pointed out in this space that his conservative record on the District of Columbia Appeals Court would prove ominous for women’s reproductive rights, gay rights, gun control and health care under the Affordable Care Act should the U.S. Senate approve his lifetime appointment to the high court. His past legal decisions show that he would roll back many of our current freedoms and rights on a range of critical issues.
We also previously pointed out the clear and present danger of Judge Kavanaugh being used as President Trump’s pawn with this nomination.
We remind our readers that Judge Kavanaugh’s 2009 legal writings noted that a sitting president should not be subject to criminal investigations and prosecution or civil suits. That signals that Judge Kavanaugh might protect President Trump from criminal prosecution should the U.S. Supreme Court be asked to render a decision connected with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
We believe it is a conflict of the highest order to have the president, who is under criminal investigation, choose his own judge in a case that could land before the U.S. Supreme Court.
As if Judge Kavanaugh’s legal record and his connivance to keep President Trump out of jail aren’t enough, we are deeply troubled by the latest revelations that Judge Kavanaugh may be cut from the same filthy cloth as President Trump if you believe the three women who have publicly accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during the 1980s.
Although these incidents allegedly happened more than three decades ago when Judge Kavanaugh was a high school student at elite Georgetown Prep outside Washington and during his college years at Yale University, we believe it calls into question his moral character and veracity.
He may have been young when these incidents allegedly took place, but he was old enough — and informed enough by his Jesuit schooling — to know the difference between right and wrong.
We also believe Judge Kavanaugh’s “virgin” defense — he said he never had sexual intercourse until well after college and could not have sexually assaulted these women — is bogus. Experts, including police, will tell you that sexual assault can take many different forms of sexual contact and behavior without the explicit consent of the victim. That can include attempted rape, fondling or unwanted sexual touching, or forcing a person to perform sexual acts, including oral sex.
We believe the FBI, as well as authorities from Montgomery County, Md., and New Haven, Conn., where these incidents allegedly occurred, should investigate a man who already holds a federal court appointment. Is this the type of person who should be meting out justice in the D.C. Appeals Court or on the U.S. Supreme Court? We believe not.
Judge Kavanaugh has shown us that he was a spoiled, privileged brat as a young man who over-imbibed alcohol and had little respect for women and their bodies. With his stances on women and abortion, he clearly still cares little about women and their right to control their own bodies.
It’s a sad, sordid reminder of President Trump bragging about how his star power enables him to grab women by their genitals. That’s misogyny and objectification of women of the highest order.
And it’s another serious reason why we cannot support Judge Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. We also believe efforts should be launched to remove him from his current job on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.