One year ago, in a confirmation hearing gone wild, Democrats and their media allies smeared President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a gang rapist and evil man, unworthy not only of the high court but his current post on the DC Appeal Court. Kavanaugh was duly confirmed, and a year later comes a new accusation of sexual misconduct. As the New York Times teased the story in a tweet, “having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun.”
The accusation came from Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of the new book The Education of Brett Kavanagh: An Investigation. By all indications, the book shapes up as bogus, but it did contain something worthy of attention. As Pogrebin and Kelly told Alisyn Camerota of CNN, the New York Times omitted a key detail.
The alleged source of the accusation was Christine Blasey Ford’s lifelong friend Leland Keyser. Like Ford, she opposed the Kavanaugh nomination, but she declined to be interviewed by the reporters. And according to the Kaiser’s friends, Kaiser did not recall “having a penis thrust in your face,” as the Times so delicately put it. On the other hand, Pogrebin and Kelly did break some new ground.
In their new book, Brandon Morse notes, the authors bury a single line near the end. As Keyser told the authors, “I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply.” Keyser did not specify the “certain things,” that could be “spread,” but given the charges in the Kavanaugh hearing it is possible to guess. Pogrebin and Kelly did not pursue the point, but there was more to the story.
According to a Daily Wire report by Amanda Prestigiacomo, Keyser’s son Alex Beckel and her former husband Bob Beckel, a prominent Democrat, are both on record that she “was pressured by Blasey Ford allies to lie during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings about the incident.”
Keyser’s son Alex set up a GoFundMe account stating that his mother, despite her lifelong friendship with Blasey Ford, “faces great personal hardship. The harsh glare of the public eye has taken a tremendous physical, emotional, and financial toll on her.” Leland Keyser “did what was right when she had everything to lose and nothing to gain,” the post reads, referring the reader, interestingly enough, to Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino.
“We interviewed more than 100 people,” Hemingway told Fox News. “We got our facts right.” The New York Times reporters, “left out the most important piece of information” and “their supposed allegation against Kavanaugh was based on a false premise.”
The establishment media did not suggest that the threats against Leland Keyser could be grounds for legal action. For his part, President Trump defended his nominee and even suggested Justice Kavanaugh should sue the New York Times. For the real story, Kavanaugh supporters might have a look at Justice on Trial, and recall the vicious smear campaign of 2018.
Blasey Ford made it known she would only testify if the FBI investigated first. Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and other Democrats echoed this demand, but former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova wasn’t going for it.
“This is utter nonsense,” diGenova told Tucker Carlson of Fox News. Blasey Ford “really doesn’t want to testify. Because when she does, she is going to look like the loon she is. She may very well believe everything she’s saying, and that is one of the signs of lunacy, believing something that isn’t real.” And her lawyer was “even loonier.” Kavanaugh had already endured six FBI background checks and the Bureau was on record that it would do nothing with a 36-year-old accusation.
This writer wondered how Blasey Ford’s 911 call might have gone down, and Milo Yiannoupoulos donned a dress and had go his own self. Blasey Ford’s own performance, delivered in the voice of a 15-year-old girl, truly defied satire, but the smear campaign on Kavanaugh was all business. New York Times reporters Pogrebin and Kelly provide a half-baked regurgitation even more bogus than the original charges, but this smear is not a one-off.
As Victor Davis Hanson told Laura Ingraham of Fox News, the new/old allegations are part of a “revolutionary movement and it’s anti-constitutional.” The accusers are saying to America “You can elect your president, but he can’t govern if we investigate him for 22 months. You can nominate a Supreme Court Justice, you can have hearings, you can confirm him, but we’re going to say so many terrible things and demonize him that for all practical purpose we’re going to render him emasculated.”
After last year’s confirmation hearings, Hanson described the accusatory Democrats as “The New Jacobins,” concluding, “if they prove successful, then everything is imaginable—and nothing is sacred.”