Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told America during a Fox News interview this week that he was a virgin until well after college, never drank to the point of memory lapse, and that his focus during high school was on his studies and athletics.
But this saint-like picture that Kavanaugh painted, sitting next to his wife as he defended himself against sexual assault allegations, is undoubtedly to some extent untrue.
As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent discusses, Kavanaugh has chosen to misrepresent past behaviors that most people would likely forgive him if he would simply own them.
Instead, Kavanaugh would have Americans believe the high school senior portrayed in his yearbook is not the high school senior he truly was.
> Numerous classmates of Kavanaugh have come forward and told The Post that Kavanaugh badly misrepresented his teenage years when he presented himself on Fox News as a young saintly figure who was mostly focused on doing good. “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him,” one friend said. “He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling.”
> Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, also used the word “stumbling” when she described Kavanaugh and his alleged accomplice Mark Judge’s drunkenness at the time.
> On Fox News, Kavanaugh allowed he went to parties, but where “seniors were legal and had beer there.” He claimed he “never” experienced memory blackouts from drinking. But the friend of his who spoke to The Post questioned this point. “It’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess,” she said. One of Kavanaugh’s roommates recalled him being “frequently, incoherently drunk.”
But it wasn’t just about the drinking: Kavanaugh’s misrepresentation painted an overall image of a saint-like student, focused on academics and “working on [his] service projects” at an all-boys Catholic school.
He was also a virgin, according to his account, who always treated women with respect.
> When Kavanaugh said these things, you could practically see his halo glint.
> But one fellow classmate in Kavanaugh’s freshman year has now asserted that Kavanaugh himself contradicted his claim to virginity. He claims to remember exactly where this conversation happened: “in Lawrance Hall at Yale, in the living room of my suite.”
> Kavanaugh claimed on Fox that he has always treated women with “dignity and respect.” But this is belied by his high school hazing of a woman who pronounced his conduct “horrible” and “hurtful.”
Sargent allows that many have come forward to defend Kavanaugh as well, arguing for his saintly depiction of his earlier years.
Still, the image Kavanaugh set forth during his interview is difficult to accept.
> “He’s trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy,” a Republican woman who recalled encountering a drunken Kavanaugh at a fraternity event told The Post. “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.”
Further still, Kavanaugh appears to have been less than honest in discussing other matters related to his Supreme Court nomination as well.
> John Harwooddocuments a broader pattern still to Kavanaugh’s misrepresentations and evasions, including on his views of Roe v. Wade and on whether he knew he was trafficking in stolen documents as a partisan hatchetman in past confirmation fights. “The judge’s self-description strains credulity in multiple ways,” Harwood concludes, which “has deepened questions about his present-day credibility — a bedrock requirement for the lifetime job he now seeks.”
> The question of just how deep Kavanaugh’s misrepresentations run will probably remain inconclusive and mostly confined to the realm of he-said/she-said. But as Lili Loofbourow persuasively argues, the preponderance of the evidence does lean toward a decent amount of falsification, particularly since he is “doubling down on an unsustainable and untrue account of himself” as “all innocence,” which he did not have to do.