It was inevitable that, on the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to which Christine Blasey Ford was invited so she could finally testify under oath about her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, some activist Democrat would produce yet another “victim.” And, sure enough, attorney Michael Avenatti has convinced a woman named Julie Swetnick to sign an affidavit in which she claims that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were involved in a series of gang rapes and that she was among their victims. The Democrats are clearly growing desperate and their accusations are growing increasingly hysterical.
The Ford fable wasn’t very believable, but it involved an alleged incident that could at least be imagined — drunken teens acting like … well … drunken teens. When the air started leaking out of that tale, and Ford’s lawyers started making absurd demands they knew the Committee couldn’t possibly accept, the Democrats shopped a risible tale involving indecent exposure to the New York Times. But alleged victim Debbie Ramirez couldn’t remember much, including whether or not Kavanaugh was present. When the Times refused to run the story, the hacks at the New Yorker were happy to do so. Her story quickly collapsed.
Now Ms. Swetnick has upped the ante. We have gone from vague stories about drunken teenage fumbling and indecent exposure at dormitory parties, to systematic gang rape. She would have us believe that Brett Kavanaugh is much like “Alex,” the sociopath from A Clockwork Orange. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, she claims, were leading members of a roving gang of teenage rapists who drugged countless young women by spiking their punch, whereupon they “lined up” to have their wicked way with their helpless victims. The story is preposterous and Avenatti should be disbarred for letting Swetnick sign this affidavit:
During the years 1981-1982, I became aware of efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to “spike” the “punch” at house parties I attended with drugs and/or grain alcohol.… I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their “turn” with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.
Then, unaccountably deciding to continue attending these parties after allegedly witnessing several such gang rapes, Swetnick alleges that she herself became one of Kavanaugh’s victims, presumably after imbibing the punch that she claims to have purposely avoided:
In approximately 1982, I became a victim of one of these “gang” or “train” rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present. Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people. During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.
As Judge Kavanaugh put it, “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.” Who is more believable? She says she knew these “train rapes” were happening, yet still went to the parties? She says she knew the punch would be spiked for the specific purpose of incapacitating young women, but drank it anyway? Her statement says nothing about reporting the incident to the police or seeking medical treatment—after being gang raped! The story’s credibility isn’t enhanced by the fact that she graduated from (a different) high school when Kavanaugh was 15 years old. The New York Times reports:
Ms. Swetnick grew up in Montgomery County, Md., graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 before attending college at the University of Maryland, according to a résumé for her posted online. Judge Kavanaugh graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983.
In other words, Swetnick expects us to believe that she was still hanging out at high school parties two years after she began attending college, was drugged by a couple of 17-year-olds (the ages of Kavanaugh and Judge in 1982), and then gang raped. Moreover, despite being incapacitated by alcohol and Quaaludes to the extent that she can only provide an approximate year in which this occurred, she has a remarkably precise memory of two individuals among the “gang” that allegedly raped her. The damage this unlikely tale will do goes beyond Kavanaugh. As Kimberly Strassel points out, it does real harm to genuine victims of rape:
Avenatti has done such a disservice to the #MeToo movement. We have gone from some initial strong cases (i.e. Weinstein), to absolutely wild claims that a woman witnessed boys spiking drinks and lining up to “gang rape,” and not only didn’t report it, but kept going back. Absurd.
Absurd indeed. But you would never know that by the coverage Swetnick’s conveniently timed accusation is receiving in the “news” media. Despite the utter absence of corroboration for the tales told by Christine Blasey Ford, Debbie Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, they are all being touted by the legacy media as “credible allegations.” And the Democrats are up to their usual antics. Chuck Schumer, called yesterday for the withdrawal of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. “There are now multiple, corroborated allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, made under the penalty of perjury.” Schumer was, as usual, prevaricating.
Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to appear today so she can finally make her accusations against Judge Kavanaugh under oath. Her written testimony states that she is not happy to find herself testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, “I am terrified.” And well she should be. It’s one thing to make wild claims in the presence of activist lawyers and partisan editors. It’s quite another to repeat them under oath before Congress and the public. If she actually shows up, and makes a false claim today, she will be guilty of a felony crime. In her position, I would also be terrified to accuse a good man like Brett Kavanaugh of being a rapist.