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Kellyanne Conway: Women saw "our husbands, our sons, our cousins, our co-workers" in Brett Kavanaugh

"Kavanaugh should not be seen as tainted. He should be seen as somebody who went through seven FBI investigations"


Rachel Leah
October 8, 2018 5:56PM (UTC)

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway firmly rejected recent polling that showed that almost half of American voters opposed the recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct during his nomination.

Conway claimed that, many women in America — herself included, saw Kavanaugh as a a man whose character had been assassinated for the sake of political gain. "Also, we looked up and saw in him possibly our husbands, our sons, our cousins, our co-workers, our brothers," Conway said Sunday. "This was unfair."

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The counselor to the president then argued that Kavanaugh's 10-year-old daughter had treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s, with more "grace and dignity" than Senate Democrats had offered to her father.

"There’s been no Supreme Court justice in the history of this country that’s been more picked apart — with the possible exception of Clarence Thomas, who is in his 27th year on the bench," Conway said. "I think what Justice Kavanaugh should do is what he’s done for 12 years on the second-highest court in the land, having authored over 300 judicial opinions. He should go to work. He should do his job."

In the aftermath of a brazen partisan and gender divide over Kavanaugh's nomination and over the seriousness and credibility of women stepping forward to accuse powerful men of sexual violence, Conway appeared on ABC's "This Week" to defend President Donald Trump's newly-confirmed justice. During the interview, Conway castigated Senate Democrats for what she alleged were political ambitions driving the opposition to and critique of Kavanugh, including attemprs to portray the former federal judge as a "gang rapist."

"Justice Kavanaugh should not be seen as tainted," Conway argued. "He should be seen as somebody who went through seven FBI investigations — including just in this last week another one that was completed this past July — had answered 1,200 written questions, had produced about a million pages of documents, submitted himself to about 33 or 35 hours of sworn testimony to the Senate, including denying the allegations that were put before him."

"There’s been no Supreme Court justice in the history of this country that’s been more picked apart, with the possible exception of Clarence Thomas, who is in his 27th year on the bench," Conway said. "I think what Justice Kavanaugh should do is what he’s done for 12 years on the second highest court in the land, having authored over 300 judicial opinions. He should go to work. He should do his job."

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Regarding the future of the Supreme Court, Conway dodged a question about whether Trump had kept his promise as a then-presidential candidate, to overturn Roe v. Wade through the appointments of two Supreme Court justices — Neil Gorsuch and now Kavanaugh.

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"There are many people in this country who are thrilled that it's President Trump and not President — the person who lost the election last time — putting these justices on the United States Supreme Court, so we can get back to the Constitution and its four corners," she said.

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"Justice Kavanaugh," Conway continued, beaming. "Justice Kavanaugh — I love that — said during his testimony that he believes Roe v. Wade is settled law."

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday by a narrow margin, in a 50-48 vote by the Senate.

Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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