A Star-Ledger columnist called on New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker to give Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt, given that Booker admitted to grabbing a friend’s breast before she pushed his hand away when he was 15.
Booker has called the allegations against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford “serious, credible, and deeply troubling,” and wants to delay the vote so law enforcement authorities can investigate the claims.
“New Year’s Eve 1984,” Booker wrote in the student-run Stanford Daily newspaper in 1992. “I will never forget. I was 15. As the ball dropped, I leaned over to hug a friend and she met me instead with an overwhelming kiss.”
“As we fumbled upon the bed, I remember debating my next ‘move’ as if it were a chess game. With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast. After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark.'” (RELATED: In College Column, Cory Booker Revealed Time He Groped Friend, And She Resisted)
“Our grouping ended soon and while no ‘relationship’ ensued, a friendship did,” it continued. “You see, the next week in school she told me she was drunk that night and didn’t really know what she was doing.”
The point of the Booker essay, first reported by The Daily Caller, was that he had grown in his understanding of how to treat women.
Booker published a follow-up story later that year. In it he wrote, “But by my second column, as I raised my noble pen to address the issue of date rape, I realized that the person holding it wasn’t so noble after all.”
Paul Mulshine, a columnist for the Star-Ledger, wrote that, “Based on that Stanford Daily column, Booker should be giving Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt as well. The point of it was that the future senator had ‘a wake-up call’ and decided ‘I will never be the same.'”
A Booker spokesperson said to Fox News about the criticisms, “This disingenuous right-wing attack, which has circulated online and in partisan outlets for the past five years, rings hollow to anyone who reads the entirety of Senator Booker’s Stanford Daily column.”
Booker already made headlines during the Kavanaugh hearing for pretending to release confidential documenting pertaining to the Supreme Court justice nominee.
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