Brett Kavanaugh: Religious magazine rescinds endorsement

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WASHINGTON — A religious magazine on Thursday rescinded its endorsement of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after hearing emotional testimony from a woman accusing him of sexual assault.

The editors of America Magazine, a weekly Jesuit publication, initially endorsed Kavanaugh. The publication noted her stance on abortion and her long career on the bench. But that all changed on Thursday after hearing from Christine Blasey Ford, who detailed accusations that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers.

Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

“But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear the name of Justice Kavanaugh, we recognize that this appointment does not is more in the best interests of the country,” read an online editorial.

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He continues, “While we previously approved the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh based on his legal credentials and reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn.”

The op-ed, titled ‘The Editors: It’s time for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn,’ explains how the Senate’s treatment of Kavanaugh will ‘become a referendum on how to deal with sexual assault allegations’ and will have much more symbolic meaning. broad in the #MeToo movement.

“The committee’s hearings and deliberations are now also an indicator of how the country treats women when their reports of harassment, assault and abuse threaten to derail the careers of powerful men,” it read. in the editorial.

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The publication’s editors warned senators against nominating Kavanaugh because the allegations would affect any future decisions he makes for years to come.

“If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will prioritize political goals over reporting an assault on a woman,” the editorial reads. “If he were to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly refuted, it would weigh on his future Supreme Court rulings for decades and further divide the country.”

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The publication pleaded for senators to find another conservative-leaning judge to fill the vacancy because “Kavanaugh is not the only such candidate available.”

“For the good of the country and the future credibility of the Supreme Court in a world that is finally learning to take reports of harassment, assault and abuse seriously, it is time to find a candidate whose confirmation will not deny this lesson,” the editorial said.

Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “100 percent” convinced that Kavanaugh was the “boy who sexually assaulted me” in 1982. She told the committee that she was “terrified” but that she felt she had to speak because it was her civic duty.

She said the alleged attack episode had haunted her for decades and she would never forget the sounds of her “thunderous laughter” as she was stuck.

In fiery and at times tearful testimony, Kavanaugh said the sexual assault allegations have hurt his family and his name. He professed his innocence and accused Democrats of “libel”. Kavanaugh also pledged to fight for that nomination, saying, “you’ll never get me to quit.”

Kavanaugh’s rebuke of the allegations against him was enough to prompt Republicans to advance a vote scheduled for Friday on his nomination. The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote at 9:30 a.m., but it’s still unclear if it has the votes.

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