On Monday night, Fox News Channel hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham pointed out the Democratic double standards when it came to how they reacted to sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh versus allegations and proven misdeeds among members of their own party.
First on his eponymous show, Carlson weighed in on the Kavanaugh claim, arguing that “the timing was entirely political and anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth.”
He had previously played clips of Democratic politicians expressing concern over the allegation. According to socialist Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez: “We are looking at brushing a potentially and extremely concerning incident under the rug, which should not be occurring.” After the clips, Carlson opined:
Well, they are all very, very deeply concerned. What’s telling is that Democrats have known about this allegation for weeks. They could have asked Kavanaugh about it any time during his hearings; he was sitting right in front of them. And that’s of course what you would do if you cared about the answer to the question but they didn’t, instead they waited and the point, of course, was to derail his nomination.
Carlson also noted that, when it came to how these series of evens have unfolded: “This story doesn’t have anything to do with justice actually or even with what Brett Kavanaugh may have done in high school. Underneath it all, anyone who lives in Washington can tell you it’s about abortion.”
He then pointed out how “some of the very same people suggesting Kavanaugh is a sex criminal” defended pro-choice President Bill Clinton when he was accused of rape and “practically beatified” pro-choice Senator Ted Kennedy, who left a woman for dead after driving her into a lake.
Carlson argued that the left did not give Kavanaugh the same benefit of the doubt because he did not “pledge allegiance to Roe v. Wade.” He made the case that because of their support for “abortion in all cases,” the left treated Clinton and Kennedy “as heroes and swept, speaking of under the rug, their crimes into the dustbin of memory.” The FNC pundit then summarized the left’s entire approach: “Kavanaugh though may not support Roe v. Wade, we don’t really know. Therefore, he must be destroyed. It’s pretty straightforward.”
Laura Ingraham made similar points hours later on her show, pointing out that “Democrats are happy to oblige (investigating Kavanaugh) if they don’t drown in their own hypocrisy first.”
Reporter Ed Henry cited a piece from the Washington Examiner's Philip Wegmann entitled “Dianne Feinstein only believes women if they accuse Republicans of sexual assault,” which noted how four leading Democratic Senators support investigating the allegations against Kavanaugh but didn't do the same for Bill Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick.
The allegations against Kavanaugh have already led to the delay of the planned Senate Judiciary Committee vote, originally scheduled for Thursday and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a Monday hearing for Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Ford to make their cases heard. If only the Democrats had given President Clinton’s accusers the same opportunity to tell their stories.
A transcript of the relevant portion of Tucker Carlson Tonight is below. Click “expand” to read more.
Tucker Carlson Tonight
08:10 p.m. Eastern
TUCKER CARLSON: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser now has a name. She has come forward. She is Palo Alto University Psychology Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Ford says that at a house party in the early 1980s while they were both in high school in suburban Washington, D.C., a drunken Brett Kavanaugh tried to hold her down and sexually assault her. She said she was afraid at the time. Well, several Republican Senators have already said they want additional testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh and it looks like Ford will be testifying on Monday of next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, not clear if it’s going to be public or not. But for the first time, because of this, Kavanaugh’s nomination appears to be an actual trouble. Democrats, though, are not waiting for more information; they are already rendering judgment on what he did.
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ: We are looking at brushing a potentially and extremely concerning incident under the rug, which should not be occurring.
JOHN BERMAN: Do you believe her story?
DICK DURBIN: Well, I can tell you, it really does have a ring of truth to it.
CHUCK SCHUMER: I think the allegations of Professor Ford are extremely credible. I don’t think the allegations that this is political at all. Senator Feinstein did the right thing because when a woman is abused, it is her prerogative as to how, where, why, when, if at all it should come out.
CARLSON: Well, they are all very, very deeply concerned. What’s telling is that Democrats have known about this allegation for weeks. They could have asked Kavanaugh about it any time during his hearings; he was sitting right in front of them. And that’s of course what you would do if you cared about the answer to the question but they didn’t, instead they waited and the point, of course, was to derail his nomination. The timing was entirely political, anyone who says otherwise is not telling the truth. But what about the core story itself? What happened in the early 80s in suburban Maryland? Well, come to your own conclusions, people will come to their own conclusions but for this show we are not dismissing Christine Ford as a liar. It doesn’t seem like she is. It seems like she sincerely believes everything she is saying. But that does not mean that she is right. Human memory is notoriously unreliable especially over time. What were you doing one drunk night in the spring of 1982? Don’t remember clearly? Of course you don’t. It’s been 36 years. Past a certain point, the past is unknowable and that’s why we have statutes of limitation for crimes. Not because our desire for justice dims but because the chance of achieving it does. Everybody knows this, the left included. This story doesn’t have anything to do with justice actually or even with what Brett Kavanaugh may have done in high school. Underneath it all, anyone who lives in Washington can tell you it’s about abortion. Does anyone really believe this story would have surfaced if Brett Kavanaugh had pledged allegiance to Roe v. Wade? Of course it wouldn’t have. Some of the very same people suggesting that that Kavanaugh is a sex criminal once defended Bill Clinton when he was credibly accused of rape. The same group practically beatified Ted Kennedy. Kennedy, you’ll remember, once killed a woman; not metaphorically killed her but literally killed her. And yet Clinton and Kennedy supported abortion in all cases and therefore the left treated them as heroes and swept, speaking of under the rug, their crimes into the dustbin of memory. Kavanaugh though may not support Roe v. Wade, we don’t really know. Therefore, he must be destroyed. It’s pretty straightforward. Whatever the story is, it’s not about protecting women. Don’t buy that spin. The larger lesson, though, of this moment and actually of the past two years is that the left will not abide losing power even temporarily. For liberals, political power is personal power and without it, they are exposed and terrified. Some become vicious. If you have lost friends since Trump got elected or been yelled at over dinner or on an airplane, you know exactly what we are talking about. Liberals believe they were meant to run this country, our government and our culture. They have no intention of sharing control with you. If they are not in charge, they will burn it down; hich is what they are doing now. The question, the political question for right now is will the Republican Party let them do this? If Republican allows Kavanaugh’s nomination to be derailed over an unprovable allegation he can’t rebut, it’s over. They will never put a justice on the Court again. It will be too easy to stop them, a single charge from 35 years ago will be enough. That’s the precedent they would set. And let us pause parenthetically and say, we may learn more in the coming week, who knows? And the calculation may change. But as of today, there is no way to prove either way what happened 35 years ago in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s an unsolvable mystery, again, unless something else comes up. So to derail a nomination on the basis of it would be a brand-new thing. Republican voters put up with a lot already including a party leadership that does not share their values or even like them very much and doesn’t hide it well. They vote Republican anyway in part because they would like to see judges who care about the Constitution sitting on the Supreme Court; once that’s gone, what’s the point of voting Republican?
A transcript of the relevant portion of The Ingraham Angle is below. Click “expand” to read more.
The Ingraham Angle
10:36 p.m. Eastern
LAURA INGRAHAM: Christine Blasey Ford has made a serious allegation against Brett Kavanaugh and as we said earlier, the accusation should be investigated. Democrats, though, are happy to oblige if they don’t drown in their own hypocrisy first. Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry joins us to explain. Ed.
ED HENRY: Laura, great to see you. Dr. Ford as well as judge Kavanaugh have been invited to testify in public next Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The White House saying Kavanaugh will testify tomorrow if they want because he’s so eager to clear his name. Remember, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, as you just mentioned, has known about an anonymous allegation along these lines since July, had not said anything until late last week, something President Trump noted today in comments at the White House, telling reporters that the Senator should have had the courage to confront Kavanaugh face-to-face. Well, Philip Wegmann writing today in The Washington Examiner that Feinstein as well as Leading Democrats Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray were all in Congress when charges of rape were leveled against then-President Bill Clinton. Wegmann writing “Juanita Broaddrick accused then-President Bill Clinton of raping her (Clinton was not a teenager at the time) in his hotel room during his first gubernatorial race in Arkansas in 1978. The Senate was in the middle of impeachment trial in 1999, not one of those Democrats called for an investigation into the Broaddrick accusation. So when Durbin tweeted this over the weekend, “if the #MeToo movement taught us anything, it is that we must respect and listen to survivors of sexual assault, regardless of the age of those involved or when the alleged attack took place.” Broaddrick was not buying it, responding on Twitter “Well, Dick, do I have a story for you. Once upon a time, Bill Clinton raped me. You voted not GUILTY on both accounts at Clinton’s impeachment. You didn’t give a damn back then. You, Dicky Durban, are a complete fraud.