Brett Kavanaugh said during a fierce and emotional opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he has been a victim of “pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election.”
“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said. He went on to adamantly deny the multiple allegations against him in his testimony.
California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a party when they were in high school, more than three decades ago. Ford, who testified before Kavanaugh on Thursday, said that the attack had “drastically altered” her life and that she believes “it is my civic duty to tell you what happened.”
Kavanaugh has denied this charge as well as those leveled against him by other women, calling some of the “from The Twilight Zone.”
“This is a circus,” Kavanaugh said. “The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades.”
“I will not be intimidated by withdrawing from this process,” he vowed. “Your coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out. You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit. Ever.”