Sports host Jason Whitlock dismissed allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Fox News last night. Speaking in Ben Shapiro’s new show, Whitlock appeared to brush aside Christine Blasey Ford’ allegations and made an odd comparison.
“I think we chalk it up to he made a mistake and as a 17 year old and has lived an exemplary life,” Whitlock said. “No, this isn’t remotely disqualifying. We got a president that was accused of rape. We survived that. I think we can survive this.”
It’s unclear whether Whitlock was referring to President Donald Trump or Bill Clinton. Trump has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, though these allegations have been dismissed by his supporters and media surrogates. Clinton famously faced impeachment proceedings for trying to cover up an extramarital affair. He has also been accused of sexual harassment and one woman has claimed he raped her. The allegations were never proven.
Shapiro’s show aired before news broke that a second accuser was alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. The New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as Kavanaugh, has alleged that he thrust his genitals at her face during a drunken party.
Blasey Ford is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. A vote on Kavanaugh has already been delayed, but many Republicans have dismissed Blasey Ford’s allegations. Whitlock’s attitude is typical of recent right-wing dismissals of her.
A second accusation, this one from college, may make it more difficult for Republicans and right-wing media figures to dismiss Blasey Ford’s claims. During Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings, only Professor Anita Hill testified. There are already two separate allegations against Kavanaugh.