Some of Brett Kavanaugh’s former classmates at Yale University were troubled by the Supreme Court nominee’s insistence during his Monday night Fox News interview that he was not a heavy drinker in his younger years.
That discomfort led a few of them to speak out.
> Liz Swisher, who described herself as a friend of Kavanaugh in college, said she was shocked that — in an interview focused largely on his high school years and allegations of sexual misconduct — he strongly denied drinking to the point of blacking out.
> “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling,” said Swisher, a Democrat and chief of the gynecologic oncology division at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “There’s no medical way I can say that he was blacked out. . . . But it’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess.”
> Lynne Brookes, who like Swisher was a college roommate of one of the two women now accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct, said the nominee’s comments on Fox did not match the classmate she remembered.
> “He’s trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy,” said Brookes, a Republican and former pharmaceutical executive who recalled an encounter with a drunken Kavanaugh at a fraternity event. “You can’t lie your way onto the Supreme Court, and with that statement out, he’s gone too far. It’s about the integrity of that institution.”
Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, said he was “stumbling drunk” when he sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.
His second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, indicated Kavanaugh was drunk as well.
But Kavanaugh said during his interview that although he did drink alcohol, it was never to the point of being “black out” drunk.
> Kavanaugh described his younger self as a churchgoer who indulged in some beer-drinking — but never to the point of blacking out.
> At one point, after he acknowledged that “people” do things in high school that later cause them to “regret or cringe,” Fox host Martha MacCallum asked: “Were there times when perhaps you drank so much — was there ever a time that you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened the night before?”
> “No, that never happened,” Kavanaugh said.
One of Ramirez’s roommates recalled a time when Kavanaugh was drunk enough that she finds it unlikely he would remember the entire night:
> Brookes, Ramirez’s roommate for a year, said she was present one night when Kavanaugh participated in an event with his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Brookes said she believes there was “no way” he remembered all of the behavior she observed that night, when fraternity brothers pushed pledges to get “ridiculously drunk” and do “ridiculous things.”
> Brookes said she remembers seeing Kavanaugh outside the Sterling Memorial Library, wearing a superhero cape and an old leather football helmet and swaying, working to keep his balance.
> He was ordered to hop on one foot, grab his crotch and approach her with a rhyme, Brookes said. He couldn’t keep balanced, she said, but belted out the rhyme she’s remembered to this day: “I’m a geek, I’m a geek, I’m a power tool. When I sing this song, I look like a fool.”