CNN commentator John Avlon said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is embracing President Donald Trump’s “standard of denial,” as he fights off allegations of sexual assault.
“We know from his own yearbook page that … this was not someone only interested in choir boy activities,” Avlon said Wednesday on “New Day.”
Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of groping her over her clothes and then allegedly trying to drunkenly remove her clothing by force, at a high school party over 35 years ago. (RELATED: CNN’s John Avlon Accuses Senate Republicans Of Ducking The Truth Ahead Of Blasey Ford Testimony)
A second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who went to Yale with Kavanaugh, accused him of exposing himself to her in college but admitted there are gaps in her memory and said she had been intoxicated during the time of the alleged incident.
“Kavanaugh has been — adopted the Trump standard of denial,” Avlon said. “It is absolute. It is inflexible and that creates its own vulnerabilities.”
Avlon said people who knew Kavanaugh claim he’s being dishonest about his drinking, but then he questioned if that should disqualify Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court.
“Folks are saying, ‘That’s not honest. I grew up with you. I knew you. That’s not honest, so what else are you not telling the truth about?’ But is that disqualifying?” Avlon said. “Because typically questions about judicial fitness and even character are more relevantly related to what they’ve done as an adult.”
He closed by referencing the film “Animal House” and said the wild and crazy parties depicted in the movie were heavily idolized and emulated during the 1980s.
“Culture in the early 1980s is very influenced by ‘Animal House,'” Avlon concluded.
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