“Fox & Friends” waded into the debate over a sexual misconduct allegation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, with network contributor Tammy Bruce telling viewers that the whole situation had become politicized.
“This was exclusively a political act. It was effectively an attempted political assassination of a character, an attempt to use an experience like this as a cudgel,” said Bruce, speaking of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s decision to not reveal news of the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, which she became aware of weeks ago.
“They want this to now be a trial in public by allegation and gossip and it really denigrates what we have tried to do for generations, which is to be taken seriously,” Bruce added. “For those of us who are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, or violence in general, it really moves us into another arena of being just used and the experiences being used.”
Bruce was speaking to “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt, who took care to note the suspicious timing of the allegation against Kavanaugh. Elsewhere on the show, she also made sure viewers knew that the accuser was a “Democrat.”
Overall, however, the show was careful not to publicly cast doubt on Ford’s accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while drunk at a party in the early 1980s. Later, presidential counsellor Kellyanne Conway appeared sympathetic to the woman’s claims.
“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,” Conway said, while adding that it seemed likely she would offer sworn testimony to the Senate judiciary committee now considering the Kavanaugh nomination.
On Sunday, Ford finally came public about her accusation to the Washington Post, which had been percolating online as a vague anonymous allegation for several days. In her letter to Feinstein, Ford had asked her not to disclose the information and to keep the matter confidential.
The Senate judiciary committee remains on track to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, Thursday, though there are growing calls for that to be delayed until the Ford allegations can be properly investigated.