CNN invited a panel of five Republican women in Florida this week to defend President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford claims that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a high school party in the 1980s and covered her mouth to muffle her screams. Kavanaugh has flatly denied Ford’s allegations.
“How can we believe the word of a woman of something that happened 36 years ago. This guy has an impeccable reputation. There is nobody that has spoken ill will about him,” said Lourdes Castillo de la Pena, one of the defenders.
“But in the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Really? Thirty-six years later she’s still stuck on that had it happened?” Irina Villarino added.
“I mean, we’re talking about a 15-year-old girl, which I respect. I’m a woman. I respect. But we’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school with testosterone running high. Tell me, what boy hasn’t done this in high school?” Gina Sosa asked.
The women said that even if the allegation is true, they’d still support Kavanaugh’s confirmation to join the Supreme Court.
“As long as that’s an isolated incident, yes…If the person made a mistake and they’ve moved on and they have been a good human being, who are we to judge?” de la Pena said.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that 38 percent of registered voters oppose his confirmation, while 34 percent who support it. The poll found that 73 percent of Republicans support his nomination, compared to only four percent who oppose it.
Ford’s lawyers said Saturday that she would testify next week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.