GOP Candidate: Even If The Allegations Against Kavanaugh Are True, So What?

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Rep. Kevin Cramer doesn't think attempted rape should disqualify a Supreme Court nominee, but lying about it should.

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Senate candidate hoping to unseat Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, isn’t sure Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation should be affected by current sexual assault accusations even if they are true — because “nothing evidently happened.”

From The Washington Post:

> Cramer raised the question in a television interview on KX4, a North Dakota station. He also explained that when he said in a radio interview last week that “nothing evidently happened” between Kavanaugh and Ford, he meant that “there was no type of intercourse or anything like that.”

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> In the interview with host Chris Berg televised Monday, Cramer said that if something like what California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleges about Kavanaugh is accurate, “it’s tragic, it’s unfortunate, it’s terrible.” But, he added of Kavanaugh, “even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him? It certainly means that he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?”

However, Cramer did allow for the issue to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation if it turns out he lied about the incident:

> “If it’s found that he knew, that he recalls it, he knew it happened, and lies about it, then I think that would disqualify him,” responded Cramer.

But Cramer held tight to the notion that because no intercourse took place, there really was sexual assault to speak of — “beyond, obviously, the attack.”

> “Nothing evidently happened in it all, even by her own accusation,” Cramer said on KNOX of Ford’s allegations. “Again, it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere.”

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> Berg asked Cramer about his comment that “nothing evidently happened” and added, “I think most people would say something definitely happened.”

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> “Right. That, I get,” replied Cramer. “My point was is that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that. That was my point, that nothing happened in terms of a sexual, um, event, beyond, obviously, the attack.”

Kavanaugh’s accuser would surely disagree that “nothing evidently happened” that night:

> Ford told The Washington Post in an interview published last week that when she and Kavanaugh were high school students, he drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a house party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has firmly denied the accusation.

> Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

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