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Kavanaugh repeatedly embraces beer drinking in sex assault defense



Brett Kavanaugh
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was asked to explain words
from his high school yearbook in a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing on Thursday.

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  • President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh mentioned beer and enjoying beer almost 30 times while
    denying drunkenly sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford.
  • Key to Kavanaugh’s defense was that he had never drank beer
    to the point of memory loss, but he strongly defended his beer
    drinking and the habit generally. 
  • At one point, Kavanaugh asked a Senator if they like drinking
    beer too.

Brett Kavanaugh gave a spirited defense of his conduct and
character at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, during which
he was accused of drunken sexual assault, but mentioned drinking
beer nearly 30 times. 

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee said a number of
times that he had never drank to the point of memory loss. He was
defending against Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey
Ford’s allegation that he attempted to rape her at a high school
party in 1982 while under the influence of alcohol.

But bizarrely, a refrain of Kavanaugh’s defense became repeated
iterations of some version of “I like beer.”

In total, Kavanaugh mentioned “beer” 29 times. Kavanaugh conceded
that most of his social functions in high school involved beer
drinking that, despite his claims to the
contrary, violated state law at the time

I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer
to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted
” Kavanaugh said during his opening

“There is a bright line between drinking beer, which I
gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting
someone, which is a violent crime. If every American who drinks
beer or every American who drank beer in high school is suddenly
presumed guilty of sexual assault, will be an ugly, new place in
this country,” he continued, in what became seemingly a defense
of beer drinking itself. 

“I liked beer. Still like beer. We drank beer,” Kavanaugh
responded to a question about his past intoxication.

Asked if Kavanaugh had ever suffered memory

during a time that he had been drinking,
Kavanaugh said no, but still defended beer drinking.

“We drank beer, and you know, so — so did, I think, the
vast majority of — of people our age at the time. But in any
event, we drank beer, and — and still do. So whatever, you know,”
Kavanaugh replied. 

When further drilled on his past drinking, Kavanaugh began
questioning the senators if they liked beer too.

When being questioned about the word “ralph” included in
his yearbook, and whether it referred to Kavanaugh drinking to
the point of throwing up, Kavanaugh demurred and instead talked
about beer drinking generally.

“Do you like beer, Senator, or not?” Kavanaugh asked
Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse after tacitly admitting to
having vomited from too much beer drinking. 

” Um, next” replied Whitehouse, who continued to ask about
his yearbook entries. 

The Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation on
Friday morning. 

BuzzFeed and others cut together Kavanaugh’s beer
references, a number of which went viral on Twitter.
Here’s BuzzFeed’s version:

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