According to Ronan Farrow, the lightning-rod writer who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser’s exposure came by way of Democrats on the hunt for something else to throw at the sticky/stickyless wall.
Furthermore, says Farrow, Dems have forced the woman — Deborah Ramirez — into a spotlight she didn’t want.
Speaking to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos Monday, Farrow — who, along with investigative journalist Jane Mayer, dropped the initial Ramirez bomb for The New Yorker — told the NBC show, essentially, “They started it”:
[Deborah Ramirez] came forward because Senate Democrats began looking at this claim.
Farrow positioned Ramirez as both victim and saint:
She did not flag this for those Democrats. This came to the attention of people on the Hill independently and it’s really cornered her into an awkward position. She said, point-blank, ‘I don’t want to ruin anyone’s life,’ but she feels this is a serious claim. She considers her own memories credible and she felt it was important that she tell her story before others did without her consent.
Personally, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to tell the story, excerpted here from Farrow’s piece:
“We were sitting in a circle…people would pick who drank.” Ramirez was chosen repeatedly, she said, and quickly became inebriated. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby.
A third male student then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting he[r] … Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic…said that she was shaken. “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. … “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’ ” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”
Why would anyone want to tell that story…to the whole world…thirty-five years later?
And without corroboration, no less — in a letter written to party leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, Kavanaugh indicated a complete lack of witness confirmation of the story:
Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published. Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is now a frenzy to come up with something—anything—that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.
Please read that full and important story here.
In the ABC interview, George pointed out, “By your own admission, no eye witnesses to the incident..”
Furthermore, as per The New Yorker article, “After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
It took six days for her to remember that it was Kavanaugh’s genitals which hung presumably inches from her nose?
No matter, to hear Farrow tell it on GMA, Ramirez’s account is as verified as the day is long:
I just want to stress very clearly — we take reporting of this type extremely seriously. The evidentiary basis for this, the number of witnesses who were told at the time is strong. It’s in excess of what we typically see.
You know what else is in excess of what we typically see? The amount of ridiculousness surrounding this important and historic confirmation. It seems to me that it deserves better than fabled tales of college penises in the face.
But maybe I’m just old-fashioned.
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