MSNBC contributor Cynthia Alksne on Thursday made no effort to conceal her contempt for Brett Kavanaugh, describing his opening statement as a “temper tantrum” and inferring that he must be “an angry and belligerent drunk.”
Alksne, who has previously gone on television to deem Kavanaugh “vile” and “a liar”, characterized his as emotional opening statement thusly: “I thought it was a temper tantrum.”
“He wants to be on the Supreme Court, and he’s not going to be,” she added gleefully.
She then donned her armchair psychologist’s hat and claimed that his highly emotional delivery proved that he was an abusive drunk:
“He’s angry. And you get the feel, you have a feeling for what he’s like when he is – as his roommate from Yale described him when he drank – that he could be an angry and belligerent drunk. I mean, he almost – he didn’t seem drunk, I’m not indicating that, but he was angry and belligerent, and it was kind of scary.”
Alksne closed by determining that Kavanaugh was “completely everything that a federal Judge isn’t” based on his angry response to the sexual assault allegations against him: “It’s just not what we expect. That’s not the temperament of a Federal Judge.”
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CYNTHIA ALKSNE: I thought it was a temper tantrum. He wants to be on the supreme court, and he's not going to be. And he has – in fact, it's been human carnage, he has been humiliated. And he's angry. And you get the feel, you have a feeling for what he's like when he is, as his roommate from Yale described him when he drank, that he could be an angry and belligerent drunk. I mean, he almost – he didn't seem drunk, I'm not indicating that. But he was angry and belligerent, and it was kind of scary. And you've got a side of him that you didn't expect to see.
Moreover, you don't expect to hear from a Federal Judge conspiracy theories about the Clintons, and this is all about Trump – you don't expect to hear that, and it was so partisan, it's hard for me to believe you can then rule on cases with that kind of partisanship. It's just not what we expect. That's not the temperament of a Federal Judge. It was – it's completely everything that a Federal Judge isn't, was that 50-minute rant. So I think he's done himself a great disservice in his judge role. Whether or not the American people think his outrage is justified and as a result, he didn't do these things, I guess we'll have to wait and see on that. But as a judge, he's hurt himself immeasurably.