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Democrats call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/16/19, 12:42 pm

Democrats once again took aim at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after The New York Times published a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him. In one paragraph of the Times’ essay, adapted from an upcoming book, a former Yale University classmate said he saw Kavanaugh expose himself to a woman at a drunken dorm party and friends forced her to touch him.

How likely is impeachment? Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, all candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, called for Kavanaugh’s removal from the court. While an impeachment effort might gain the needed majority in the House, it likely would not get a two-thirds vote of support in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Senate has never convicted a Supreme Court justice, though it has found lower-level judges guilty of impeachable offenses. President Donald Trump tweeted that people are looking to “destroy” Kavanaugh and he should sue. Kavanaugh has previously denied all instances of sexual misconduct. The Times later updated the essay to say the alleged victim declined to be interviewed and friends said she does not remember the incident.

Dig deeper: Read Jamie Dean’s Whirled Views journal that called for both introspection and truth during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing a year ago, when he was first accused of sexual assault.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 01:32 pm

    Yes, those bringing these accusations are about as trustworthy as those legendary Princes!  

    With nothing at all that would stand up in court, Dem candidates run with this wild tale and demand impeachment!

    It’s gone way beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome. I figure a lot of libs surely must be suffering ill effects from too many acid trips. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 01:41 pm

    “The Times later updated the essay to say the alleged victim declined to be interviewed and friends said she does not remember the incident.”

    Sure, put the spectacular headlines (about the accusations) in front of everyone, then the disclaimer comes out later on the back page where it gets 1% of the attention the accusations got. 

    Typical “unbiased” mainstream media TDS. 

  • Janet B
    Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 05:26 pm

    Could you use a picture of Justice Kavanaugh that doesn't make him look angry and mean?  

    Really, why use such an unflattering picture?  

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 09:53 pm

    I feel like I am reading a hit job on Kavanaugh by a magazine that claims to be Christian! The NY Times is NOT an unbiased source and actually has been leading the propaganda campaign against Christians, conservatives, and Trump! This battle is about keeping abortion legal and they are trying to force Kavanaugh to recuse himself should the abortion issue force its way to the Supreme Court. They know that Ginsburg will likely have to step down and if Trump appoints another pro-life judge, then there will be a strong enough majority on the court to reverse Roe v Wade - a jubilant day for Christians and other pro-lifers! 

    Here is a link to an article about the real reason to go after Kavanaugh.

    We are called to be wise in scripture and so let us not be manipulated by the world’s propaganda!

    Posted: Mon, 09/16/2019 08:11 pm

    "a former Yale University classmate" was probably the person who did it  AND/OR

    he does need the money to pay off his college loans

    All this because they think he might vote against abortion. SO SAD...


  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 09/17/2019 08:29 am

    Cyborg3, I don’t see this World article as a “hit job” at all. This is just a report on someone else’s hit job. 

    Most of us know The New York Times is extremely biased against President Trump. This article just confirms that the bias extends to include Justice Kavanaugh. And the left is biased against all of us who believe abortion is wrong, probably. 

    I read the article you linked—isn’t it amazing how the left sees those wanting to save babies as a bunch of “evil white men,” yet they don’t see anything evil in smearing a good man as a sick sexual pervert and abuser.

    Reading and citing the propaganda from our opposition does not in any way mean we are buying into it.  It is just part of staying informed about what they are up to.


  • Kris
    Posted: Tue, 09/17/2019 08:37 am

    I think the Times “update” should have been placed much higher in the story, like as the third sentence. That placement would have put the calls for impeachment in their proper context. I am disappointed in World today. The Bee scooped you. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 09/17/2019 01:36 pm

    I can't comment on what may or may not have happened between classmates at Yale since I wasn't there.  It may be impossible ever to know exactly what happened.  However, as a survivor of sexual assault, I would like to present a viewpoint that no one else seems willing to acknowledge.

    First of all, even though this is being presented as something that must be done for the victims, everything about it has been done in a way that would cause maximal pain to most victims.  We were told that Ms. Blasey-Ford did not want the publicity and did not want to come forward, but she was forced into the spotlight and wound up having to answer questions about her credibility on national TV.  (If they actually wanted to help VICTIMS, surely they could have investigated this privately-as has happened in other cases.)   Worse, the same people who pushed Ms. Blasey-Ford forward also stirred up women who had been traumatized and pushed them to direct their anger against anyone who dared to ask any questions, as if any questions about Kavanaugh meant the world was questioning ALL victims.  I'm sorry, but stirring up pain and using it like that is beyond abusive-it's downright cruel. 

    Second, in this recent incident, we have someone who has refused to discuss the incident at all and whose friends say she doesn't remember.  I would be FURIOUS if the media published a story about me like that after I made it clear I didn't remember it and didn't want to discuss the issue!

    Third, it's one thing to give an assault victim space to tell his or her story in a supportive, confidential environment in order to help them heal; but it's quite different to force a victim out into the public eye or into a courtroom against his or her will in order to bring charges against the assailant.  Blurring the distinction or acting as if there is no distinction distorts our justice system and hurts everyone-victims as well as perpetrators.

    Fourth, every assault survivor I know has been accused of making it all up. Having repeated public coverage of accusations that are advanced and then withdrawn or that seem discredited-particularly when underlying political motives have actually been STATED outloud by some who were involved-is beyond appalling and hurts ALL survivors of assault.  This has been an absolute nightmare.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 09/17/2019 06:17 pm

    I have to agree with other commentators that the article repeats some of the same bias found in the NYT.  Isn’t the real story here the egregious journalistic coverage of the “paper of record”?  Instead World only appears to be elevating the NYT by repeating their story with limited qualifications at the end.