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Rohrabacher Ridicules Kavanaugh Accusation

‘High school? Give me a break!’ California Republican says of sexual assault allegation

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., dismissed the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because it allegedly stemmed from high school. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher dismissed the sexual assault claim leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a selective smear effort by the left that should have little bearing on Kavanaugh's confirmation because it allegedly occurred in high school.

"This guy who’s going to be our Supreme Court justice, and he better be our Supreme Court judge, he’s a perfect candidate, and what do they say? ‘Well, in high school you did this.’ High school? Give me a break,” the California Republican said in a recording obtained by Talking Points Memo.

The recording is from a campaign event with mostly young volunteers last Saturday, according to TPM.

In the audio, Rohrabacher was delivering a stark warning to the group that we live in an Orwellian society that monitors your every online movement and electronic communication. Then, he suggested, “the bad guys” with an “anti-American philosophy”  will determine whether or not the content of those communications are acceptable.

“Every phone call you make, every deal you make, every time you click something up on your word processor, or your home computer, they’re going to have records of this,” Rohrabacher said.

“And then the bad guys are determining what’s hate speech and what’s not. And if you’re sending something over the internet or Facebook and they determine that it’s hateful — and of course anything that disagrees with their anti-American philosophy is hateful,” he said.

In the group of “bad guys” with anti-American sentiments, Roharbacher included former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

He also railed against a university intelligentsia that he claimed teaches young people to hate America.

“Obama was not a patriot. Obama and his gang don’t like the United States. Hillary did not like the United States,” Rohrabacher said. “And what we’ve got is we’ve got an academe now that’s teaching these young people what’s wrong with us and they’re being taught to hate us.”

Christine Blasey Ford, now a California professor, has said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a 1982 party when they were high school students. 

Kavanaugh has denied the claim.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has been working with Ford’s lawyers on scheduling a hearing for both Ford and Kavanaugh to state their cases. They had planned a Monday hearing, but the accuser’s camp wants that session held next Thursday, Sept. 27, at the earliest as negotiations continue about the format and date of that highly anticipated hearing.

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