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September 25, 2018 10:40 AM UTC

POTUS Assails Character Of Local Kavanaugh Accuser

  • by: Colorado Pols
President Donald Trump.

Washington Post–you knew this was coming, but the shock is no less visceral:

President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.

In comments to reporters following a speech at the United Nations, Trump took aim at Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, who told the New Yorker magazine that said he exposed himself to her at a party when they were both first-year students.

“The second accuser has nothing,” Trump told reporters. “She admits that she was drunk.” [Pols emphasis]

The president dismissed the notion that the allegation could be disqualifying, saying sarcastically: “Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.”

In the past 48 hours since investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s story was published containing Boulder domestic violence counselor Deborah Ramirez’s allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, numerous locals who know her both professionally and personally have come forward to attest to her honesty and good character. By all accounts, Ramirez is a credible, levelheaded person with professional experience in sexual abuse issues–not the sort of person who would either make something like this up or go public flippantly.

We can’t speak to what voters across the nation are seeing in their own local news, but the overwhelmingly positive coverage and support Ramirez has received since her story came out on Sunday in Colorado tells us that Donald Trump’s smearing of Ramirez today at the United Nations is a very bad development for Colorado Republicans–who now face the unwelcome choice of standing up to their own President, or joining him in the grotesque character assassination of a fellow Coloradan.

With 42 days until the election, this is a defining moment in Colorado politics.


10 thoughts on “POTUS Assails Character Of Local Kavanaugh Accuser

  1. If drunken memories are suspect to Trump, perhaps he would like to consider the sober recollection of Kavanaugh's freshman year roommate, James Roche….

    "He was a notably heavy drinker … he became aggressive & belligerent … I did not observe the specific incident in question but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk."

    [and by the way … by the time Kavanaugh was a freshman, the legal drinking age was once again 21.]

    Or, from another Yale classmate, reacting to Kavanaugh's "defense" that he was a virgin in high school and "many years after."

    At Yale with Kavanaugh; now Professor of History. UW-Madison]

    Perhaps Brett Kavanaugh was a virgin for many years after high school. But he claimed otherwise in a conversation with me during our freshman year in Lawrance Hall at Yale, in the living room of my suite.

      1. Oh, make that 4 separate threads.  As Paul Krugman says in his column today

        The Party of No Ideas

        The last time Republicans rammed through big tax cuts, under George W. Bush, they were fairly popular. And the party’s leaders seem to have imagined that the same would be true now. “If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” declared Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, last December.

        1. And the link functions again … explaining that conservative sites grabbed a story focused on a police report. That initial story has been updated and the media organization has corrected the story to say:

          BOULDER, Colo. — Democratic nominee for governor Jared Polis was never charged in a nearly 20-year-old Boulder police report that was posted online by a conservative media outlet on Tuesday.

          The article included a copy of the report from a 1999 alleged abuse incident and subsequent temporary restraining order involving Polis and his former secretary, Patricia Hughes, who died in 2014.

          The report was quickly shared among conservative political organizations.

          Polis was never charged in the incident, but Hughes was found guilty of theft of trade secrets and given an 18 month deferred sentence, Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Catherine Olguin told FOX31 .

          No permanent restraining order against Polis was granted.

          Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story contained details from the police report. After speaking with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday evening, the article was revised to provide context, include what charges were actually filed in the case, and the outcome.

      2. Except that there's no "there" there. KDVR's  link to the Polis story you spammed us with goes exactly nowhere. They must have taken the story down, as having no merit. Possibly because the person charged with a crime was the female employee who tried to steal documents and keys?

        That’s according to the police report. Only Patricia Hughes was charged with attempted theft. Jared Polis Schutz, as the wronged party, wasn’t charged with anything.

        The actual story, if there is one, is that Polis' employee, Patricia Hughes, who had resigned earlier, had attempted to delete files, and to steal sensitive documents and office keys from Polis' business. The police report on the incident shows that Polis pushed Hughes back into the chair when she had attempted to leave with the docs,  and that when the police searched Hughes' bag they found office keys and sensitive and valuable original contracts and other documents.

        There doesn't appear to have been any lasting restraining order – the Washington Free Beacon reported that the order was vacated three weeks after the incident, but the police report says nothing about a restraining order, and I think it would have, had one existed. All the subsequent records requests are included in the 12 page incident report.

        Instead the police report shows an altercation between a business owner defending his property and an employee who had wilfully tried to sabotage it, to steal from him, and planned to continue this activity, judging by the office keys she attempted to steal.

        This is all over the RWNJ media – I'd like to hear what Polis says about it, but in the meantime, it's a small business owner defending himself from a thief, which the right wing usually loves.


        Just not right now, when said RWNJ media is desperately searching for a distraction from the growing coterie of Kavanaugh accusers.


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