Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser on Thursday firmly shot down a baseless theory spread by right-wing operatives alleging she may have confused the embattled Supreme Court pick for someone else when he allegedly assaulted her in the early 1980s.
Pressed during her momentous testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford adamantly alleged that it was Kavanaugh who forced her into a room at a drunken high school party in Maryland in the early 1980s, pinned her against a bed and groped her.
“The same way I’m sure I’m talking to you right now,” Ford said when asked how certain she was that her alleged attacker was Kavanaugh. “Basic memory functions.”
Ed Whelan, the president of a conservative think tank, first raised without evidence last week that Ford may have confused Kavanaugh for one of his classmates who supposedly looked a lot like him.
Whelan, identifying the supposed doppelganger by name, posted a string of tweets featuring photos, floor-plans and other evidence he claimed clearly put Ford’s recollections into question.
Amid a wave of backlash, Whelan issued a retraction apologizing to Kavanaugh’s classmate, acknowledging he doesn’t even “deserve to have him accept my apologies.” He also offered to resign from his think tank.
Questioned by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at Thursday’s hearing, Ford revealed the classmate — whom the Daily News is not naming — actually introduced her to Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, but played no part in the alleged assault.
“I don’t want to talk about him because I think it’s unfair, but he is the person who introduced me to them,” Ford said.
Leahy ripped Whelan as a “Kavanaugh ally” connected to the White House who pushed a “wild theory” about a “lookalike.”
Whelan has denied being in contact with the White House and so has administration officials.
Despite the ambiguity of Whelan’s theory and his subsequent apology, Fox News and other right-wing outlets picked it up and presented it as a matter of legitimate concern.