After Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward to share her allegations of being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while in high school, her classmates have stepped forward to defend her in the wake of sustained attacks on her creditability by Republican operatives.
Among them is Samantha Guerry, who went on CNN to talk about her friend, Blasey Ford.
“This has been an agonizing period of time for her,” Guerry said. “She didn’t ask to be in this position, she asked for confidentiality, and since that wasn’t possible, apparently, we are now in the throes of being a political football. She’s a private person and she’s a very substantial woman of great intellect and integrity.”
Blasey Ford is a biostatistician, Guerry said, and someone “who doesn’t put pen to paper unless she can prove it.”
Guerry said that the survivor of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault “might not even know what she’s going to do right now.”
“I understand this is highly inconvenient to the Republicans’ agenda right now,” she said. “Whether it was revealed two months ago, or last week, I’m not sure how relevant that is. I think that’s what we’re focusing on right now because that’s sort of, you know, the dynamic that we’re in. But we, regardless of the timing, we can’t get sidetracked on that, we need to focus on the fact that this is a very serious allegation by a very substantive, incredible person.”
Guerry points out that the survivor of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault is willing to talk to investigators but that the forum suggested by Republicans makes no sense.
“It just seems really like an inappropriate forum for this kind of discussion,” Guerry points out. “I mean no one can say that the Anita Hill hearings were a great success… why would she want to go through that? No one wants to go through what Anita Hill did.”
Guerry said that other women she knows who were part of the same Maryland prep school community had similar experiences.
“We all feel that if we were in her shoes, we would want to be taken seriously as well,” she said.
MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’
Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.
Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.
"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."
Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.
‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’
CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."
During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."
"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."
Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’
Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."
On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.
"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."
Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."