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Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The incident allegedly took place at a party when Kavanaugh was 17-years-old.


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On Tuesday, September 18th, a spokesperson for the Judicial Crisis Network downplayed Kavanaugh’s accusations.[1]

The Argument

Carrie Severino told CNN, “[Ford] is certainly implying that it is attempted rape… I’m saying the behaviour she describes could describe a whole range of things”. She explained Kavanaugh’s behaviour could “cover a whole range of conduct, from boorishness, to rough horseplay, to actual attempted rape”.[1]

Counter arguments

The scenario Ford describes is attempted rape without a doubt. In her letter to Dianne Feinistein, Ford describes the incident. “Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stairwell from the living room. They [Kavanaugh and Mark Judge] locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help. Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with [Mark Judge], who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me.” [2]


The incident Ford describes does not necessarily constitute attempted rape.

Rejecting the premises

Ford is clearly describing an attempted rape. The description appears to describe an event that goes well-beyond the parameters of “rough horseplay”.




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This page was last edited on Thursday, 27 Sep 2018 at 21:09 UTC