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Santorum: Ford was ‘authentic’ and it’s a ‘big problem’ for Kavanaugh

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  • Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said on CNN that
    Christine Blasey Ford‘s
    testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was
    “authentic” and would pose “a big problem for Brett Kavanaugh.”
  • A number of commentators observed that Ford appeared
    confident and convincing when recalling how Kavanaugh allegedly
    groped and attempted to rape her in the 1980s.
  • Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations and
    delivered his own scorching testimony decrying his confirmation
    process as a “national disgrace.”

Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said on CNN that professor
Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett
Kavanaugh was convincing enough to pose a major hurdle for the
Republican lawmakers trying to confirm him to the Supreme Court.

“I would say that just watching her, that she seems authentic,”
he said. “The emotional responses, even the humor that she emoted
at times. Everything just seemed authentic, and that’s a big
problem for Brett Kavanaugh.”

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout
Thursday morning and afternoon, detailing her allegations that
Kavanaugh once groped her and attempted to rape her at a party in
the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations and delivered his own fiery
testimony
 on Thursday afternoon, condemning his
confirmation process as a “national disgrace” and said his family
and reputation have been “totally and permanently destroyed
by vicious and false accusations.”
 

Ford’s testimony yielded a number of emotional moments, where she
detailed her memories of Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge
laughing with each other
during the alleged attack, and where she said she was 100%
certain she hadn’t mistaken Kavanaugh for another man.

Santorum said Republicans now have to grapple with how to weigh
Ford’s testimony against their support for Kavanaugh.

“They’re not sure about the story — they want to believe Brett
Kavanaugh because Brett Kavanaugh’s a good and upstanding man and
all these other things, and he said factually, ‘This didn’t
happen,'” Santorum said. “And so I think most folks are saying,
‘He’s got a good track record; I believe him.'”

He later suggested that Republicans could decide that Kavanaugh
is not worth the challenges in confirming him.

“Let’s just be honest. I hate to say this. There are other
alternatives than Brett Kavanaugh who can be a Supreme Court
justice that are on the president’s list who could get confirmed
right now, and could get confirmed very quickly,” Santorum said.

He wasn’t the only commentator moved by Ford’s testimony
Thursday. Fox News host Chris Wallace
called her remarks “extremely emotional, extremely raw, and
extremely credible,” while NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly
also said she thought Ford’s testimony could be “deeply
problematic” for Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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