Republicans need to all get in one room and come up with a singular defense for their Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, when trying to tamp down the recent allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl back in his high school days.
Kavanaugh has already issued statements like “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes” and telling an aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch that he wasn’t even “at the party in question.”
Then today, Carrie Severino, spokesperson of the Judicial Crisis Network, defended the judge on CNN.
JCN is the campaign group for Republican judicial nominations that handles promoting nominees to the public.
In a new take, Severino tried to make the case that what Kavanaugh’s accuser describes could have been a simple case of “rough horse play” as opposed to attempted rape.
Kavanaugh spokesperson/activist says it’s not clear that the incident was attempted rape as opposed to just “rough horseplay”. pic.twitter.com/cANvVNjFKX
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 18, 2018
Now, if Kavanaugh has “never done anything like” what Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has alleged, how could it be described as “rough horseplay?”
Or – how could the teenage Kavanaugh have engaged in “rough horseplay” if he wasn’t at the party in question?
I’m not the only one who thought this sounded rather odd…
“Horseplay” is the new “Locker room talk”.
—Waterboarding = “goofing around”
—Being thrown down a flight of stairs = “shenanigans”
—Murder = “just breaking your balls a little” https://t.co/3lq0wz0jx7
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) September 18, 2018
I’m a regular guy: I put my pants on one leg at a time and I turn up my music real loud during horseplay to drown out the screams. https://t.co/9BKA2cqhLR
— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) September 18, 2018
And now the “horseplay” defense. With friends like these … https://t.co/D77VZaef7v
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) September 18, 2018
rough horseplay at the party he wasn’t at https://t.co/rYBB62wZu1
— Greg Dworkin (@DemFromCT) September 18, 2018