As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, gave her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee while being questioned by a female prosecutor because Republicans thought the optics would be bad to have 11 men grilling the alleged victim, she was so credible that three Republican governors called for the Senate to delay or forgo a vote on Trump’s nominee. Even Fox News hosts are finding Dr. Ford’s testimony to be credible.
They aren’t alone.
“She’s very believable and you can’t help but feel sympathetic to her experience. What a mess,” one former Senate GOP leadership aide told Talking Points Memo in a text after Dr. Ford’s opening statements and the first round of questioning.
Another former Senate leadership aide said that Ford’s testimony is bad for Republicans.
“There’s no question that this morning’s testimony was bad for Kavanaugh and Republicans,” the former aide told TPM. “They were worried about the visuals of male senators interviewing Ford but they’ve ceded all the political ground to the Democrats. Mitchell’s questioning at least this far hasn’t done anything and then Senate Democrats have had free rein-in to score political points unchallenged.”
Neither of the two would speculate to the outlet as to whether they thought Kavanaugh would survive.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano said that Ford came across as an “exceptionally credible” witness.
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.), described Dr. Ford’s testimony as a “worst case scenario” for Trump’s nominee and his defenders, according to The Hill.
“To say that everything that could have gone wrong for Brett Kavanaugh has, is an understatement,” Wallace said in reference to the nominee’s softball interview on Fox News and Dr. Ford’s testimony.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump watched Dr. Ford’s testimony Thursday on board Air Force One, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump has vigorously defended Kavanaugh while painting his accusers as liars.
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