Fox News host Chris Wallace said Thursday morning that Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a “disaster for Republicans.”
> "This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible,” Wallace said during an appearance on Fox News during a brief Senate Judiciary Committee recess in Ford's testimony.
> “Nobody could listen to her deliver those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had had on her life and not have your heart go out to her,” the "Fox News Sunday" host continued. “She obviously was traumatized by an event.”
> “This is a disaster for the Republicans,” Wallace added.
Host Bret Baier said there was a clear difference between reading Ford’s opening statement and hearing her deliver the words herself — a delivery that saw Ford struggling to hold back emotion.
> Ford, who struggled to retain her composure, told the Senate Judiciary panel that she thought Kavanaugh might accidentally kill her when he allegedly put his hand over her mouth at the time and pinned down her to a bed while groping her at a Maryland home in the 1980s.
> “After that May 2012 therapy session, I did my best to suppress memories of the assault because recounting the details caused me to relive the experience, and caused panic attacks and anxiety,” Ford said during her opening statement.
Wallace was not alone in his assessment that Ford’s testimony does not bode well for Kavanaugh or Republicans:
> Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said on the same panel with Wallace that Ford came across as an "exceptionally credible" witness.
> And on MSNBC, anchor Nicolle Wallace — who worked as communications director in the George W. Bush administration and served on the 2008 presidential campaign of the late Sen. John McCain(R-Ariz.) — called Ford's testimony a “worst case scenario" for Kavanaugh and his defenders
> “The worst-case scenario for his nomination was for Dr. Ford to do what she just did: to take the stand, to be traumatized, to be credible, and to be — she was more than sympathetic,” Wallace said during the break in testimony. “She was an unwilling and unenthusiastic witness to the character of Brett Kavanaugh.