Schumer Demands McConnell Apologize To Kavanaugh Accuser For ‘Smear’ Remark by the Forward

Schumer Demands McConnell Apologize To Kavanaugh Accuser For ‘Smear’ Remark

Image by Getty Images

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday morning that Republican Mitch McConnell “owes an apology” to the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for labeling her sex abuse allegations a “smear job.”

Schumer called out Republicans they pushed back against the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford about sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he attended an elite prep school.

A second woman accused Kavanaugh of misconduct during his time at Yale University.

“These women came forward with principal and courage, knowing they would face abuse and lasting personal pain for doing so. But realizing they had an obligation to the country they did so anyway,” Schumer said on the Senate floor the morning after Kavanaugh gave an exclusive interview to Fox News where he denied he ever acted inappropriately toward women.

“Whatever you think of the veracity of the allegations it is shameful, shameful to doubt women’s sincerity — to say they’re making it up.”

The Kentucky Republican had labeled the allegations a “smear job” during a heated Senate floor speech on Monday.

“Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated,” McConnell reportedly said.

McConnell spoke after a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a Yale dorm room party, though she added that she had “significant gaps in her memory” about the traumatizing incident.

Contact Ben Fractenberg at fractenberg@forward.com or on Twitter, @fractenberg

Schumer To McConnell: Apologize To Kavanaugh Accuser

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Schumer Demands McConnell Apologize To Kavanaugh Accuser For ‘Smear’ Remark

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close