Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway cautioned on Monday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual assault by multiple women, ought not bear the brunt of the broader Me Too movement, by which dozens of powerful men have been similarly accused and brought down.
“I don’t think one man’s shoulders should bear decades of the Me Too movement,” Conway said during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who said that he pinned her to a bed and groped her during a drunken house party while he was in high school, and Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that he exposed his penis to her and touched her with it when they were freshmen at Yale University.
Michael Avenatti, an attorney who also represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the president, announced Sunday that he had taken on as a client a third woman who he said has “credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh.”
Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegations and both he and the White House labeled the accusation published in The New Yorker a “smear.”
Conway told CBS that President Donald Trump has defended Kavanaugh and now “that nominee needs to defend himself against these allegations.”
“[Kavanaugh] thinks the latest ones show a pattern of a smear campaign against him and he has said from the beginning that he wasn’t at the party in question 36 years ago in Maryland,” Conway said. “All that has to matter.”
In addition, Conway said that she in the past worked with women who have been abused and that they don’t come forward because they fear that they won’t be believed and because of other women who make false abuse accusations.
When asked whether she believes Ramirez made up her claim, Conway said she has “no idea,” adding that The New Yorker article even mentioned that Ramirez said she couldn’t be sure herself.
“She has said there are gaps in her own knowledge, that … she was inebriated as well,” Conway said.
Conway added that Ramirez could contact the Senate Judiciary Committee if she wishes to offer testimony about her accusation. But the counselor to the president cast doubt on the Ramirez’s intentions.
“I do think it’s very circular, though, to have a New Yorker story come out with much thinner evidence than Ronan Farrow is used to having in his articles,” she said, referencing the New Yorker journalist whose reporting has been at the center of the Me Too movement. “And then the Democrats saying, ‘Oh my god, look at this. We have to investigate.’ So, there’s a great deal of suspicion.”