Kavanaugh more about politics than truth and justice

(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

By: Candice Malcolm

September 28, 2018

It’s been an incredible week, and, despite it having little to do with our country, Canadians have been captivated by the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Two weeks ago, after the initial nomination hearing concluded, the Democrats unleashed a political bombshell: a woman alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago, while the two were in high school.

The Democrats suddenly demanded an in-depth FBI investigation to delay Kavanaugh’s vote. With mid-term elections coming up in November, the Democrats hope to gain a majority in the Senate so they can block Kavanaugh and any other Republican-appointees to the highest bench.

The accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, was named and thrust into the spotlight, despite anonymously filing her complaint to Democrats.

Ford testified Thursday and told her harrowing story. Kavanaugh, too, testified and attempted to clear his good name. It was a gut-wrenching day, and both witnesses gave compelling, credible, honest and emotional testimonies.

And yet, it didn’t get us any closer to the truth or determining whether Kavanaugh was the boy who assaulted Ford back in 1982.

Ford cannot remember the date, time or location of the party. She cannot remember how she got there, or how she got home. She named four witnesses; none of them could remember the event or verify her account.

She only remembered that it was Kavanaugh, and he, meanwhile, presented his personal diary from that summer, which seemed to provide an alibi.

On Friday, all 10 committee Democrats voted against Kavanaugh and all 11 Republicans voted in favour of his nomination — exactly how they would have voted before this painful episode began. It will now go to the Senate for a full vote.

The vote will only further divide the country and the culture, which is firmly at odds over how to handle “Me Too” accusations while upholding due process and the rule of law.

To many, Kavanaugh was guilty until proven innocent. Mass protests broke out with angry feminists demanding that we “believe women.” We heard the usual unhinged tribalism of the left, attributing this to “white male privilege,” “rape culture,” and “the patriarchy.”

It’s interesting to compare this case to that of our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Earlier this summer, an 18-year-old sexual misconduct allegation surfaced against Trudeau. A newspaper editorial alleged that he “groped” a young reporter at a music festival in Creston, B.C.

While Kavanaugh adamantly denied the allegation against him, Trudeau acknowledged that the interaction occurred. He was quoted 18 years ago saying “I’m sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”

Unlike the intense media circus in the U.S., Trudeau was spared the humiliation of having to recount his drunken episodes as a young man. He was only asked about this incident a handful of times, politely, by friendly journalists.

There was no in-depth hearing, no police investigation, no witness testimonies. There was no rallying of feminists, no mass protests and no “Me Too” activists demanding that we believe his accuser.

Trudeau ultimately shrugged his shoulders and said simply that “women experience interactions differently than men.”

We can only imagine the uproar if a Republican had made this claim over Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh. Trudeau is a Liberal and a feminist, though, so apparently, he gets a pass.

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