The set of “Morning Joe” denounced Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, with longtime show regular Donny Deutsch saying the nomination was evidence that the Republican party was ruled by dumb white men.
“You’re seeing on display a metaphor for what this party is, basically just ignorant white men,” said Deutsch, who believes the only reasonable thing for Republicans to do would be to withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“What would they seem like if all of a sudden they stepped forward, any leaders there, and said, ‘You know what? This is, at the very least, a stain we can’t deal with,’ and just say ‘This is not the right thing and we need to move on,'” he added. “Wouldn’t that send a signal to women?”
The Deutsch position was a departure from some previously skeptical coverage of Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford, which percolated on set earlier this week. On Wednesday, show co-host Mika Brzezinski said Ford’s reluctance to testify under oath would not be acceptable and would result in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“If she doesn’t want to speak, if she doesn’t want to testify, you have to wonder what the Republicans are supposed to do except demand a vote,” said Brzezinski. “This is something that happened in high school. This is going to need her voice. There’s no other way around it. No one can do it for her. As miserable as that may be.”
Ford, through her attorney, has now indicated that she is open to testifying next week under a series of conditions laid out to the Senate Judiciary committee. The California college professor has accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while drunk at a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the charge, but the accusation spooked the committee enough to postpone on a vote on the judge which has been scheduled for this week.