Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh counts among his supporters two Republicans who also found themselves on the receiving end of sexual misconduct-related allegations:
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who was accused by former Ohio State University wrestlers he coached of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse, and former Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was credibly accused by several women of inappropriate sexual contact while they were minors.
Moore recently told One America News Network that Democrats are now using sexual misconduct allegations as a tactic to derail Republican candidates — now against Kavanaugh as they did during his own campaign for the Senate.
“I think they don’t care about transparency, they just use it because it’s effective,” he told ONN. “They know that on the one hand, you offend women if you believe somebody that says they weren’t guilty of sexual misconduct. On the other hand, if you don’t believe them, you’re condemning the person accused of guilt to prove his own innocence. It’s a Catch-22.”
Jordan, who was not accused of sexual misconduct himself but of ignoring abuse allegations, believes Kavanaugh is a good man who deserves a seat on America’s highest court.
The former wrestling coach told Fox News he hopes Kavanaugh is confirmed “as soon as possible”, adding that he met the judge once at a wedding and "found him to be an exceptional individual and the kind of guy we want on the court."
Jordan did not address the allegations against Kavanaugh when asked for his thoughts on the “eleventh hour” revelations, saying it is up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to “figure it out” but that the judge “handled himself extremely well at his hearings a few weeks ago.”
Jordan also said he thinks “the American people want him on the court,” but recent polling suggests this is untrue:
As the fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination remains unclear, public support for his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is at historic lows, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The poll, conducted September 11-17, found that 36 percent of adults were opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which Reuters noted is up six points from polling last month; just 31 percent of respondents were in favor of Kavanaugh.
If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump’s pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.