Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but was it credible? Andrew Klavan explained why the question of her credibility, and her testimony in general, doesn’t and shouldn’t matter to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process on Thursday’s episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show.”
“This cry of ‘I believe her’ is the cry of every single lynch mob that ever killed a man. The cry of ‘I believe her’ has gone all through history,” Klavan said. “It is so hard for our hearts to understand that it doesn’t matter what you believe. It doesn’t matter whether I believe in God, it only matters whether God is there, it does not matter what I believe is the truth, it only matters whether it can be proved and whether there are facts. What you saw yesterday, yesterday this country, the press, the Left worked itself up into a witch-hunt crucible mentality that was shameful.”
Video and transcript below:
So, you look at [Dr. Chirstine Blasey Ford], she’s credible – whatever that word means, she’s believable, her voice is trembling, she’s emotional and the story itself is credible, although she can’t remember the day or the place. Here is the thing about this hearing, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because we don’t have any facts. There’s no corroboration from the time, the people who she says were there say it didn’t happen or they don’t remember, all they’re saying is “do you believe her?”
When the Democratic senators are asking questions, they’re asking these general questions about sexual assault as if this had anything to do with sexual assault as an overarching issue – it doesn’t, it has to do with this incident and whether it happened, and there is not enough information here to prove it or disprove it. She could be lying, she could be telling the truth, she could be misremembering, anything could be possible.
Dick Durbin, who has gone the full sleaze at this point, he says: “What percentage sure are you that this happened?” The answer is, she says, “a hundred percent.” What difference does it make? It’s like that old song “I believe I Can Fly,” that’s great until you step off a building and then find out you can’t. It’s not an attack on her, it’s not an attack on any other victim of sexual assault, it has nothing to do with that, it has to do with process.
This is the hardest thing for the human heart to learn, that facts are what matter in these cases. It is so hard, when you think of all the lynchings that took place, there were lynchings of blacks, there was a lynching of a white man by blacks for rape and murder, there were lynchings of Jews, there were attacks on Catholics. We remember Tawana Brawley who ruined a man’s life with a lie, we remember the Duke Lacrosse case where the guys were splattered all over the fronts of magazines, we remember “Rolling Stone” – they had their story at UVA where there was a gang-rape. All these stories are powerful, of course. The left is constantly saying “I believe, I believe” – It doesn’t matter what you believe, what matters is the truth, what matters are the facts.
This is an important moment for America, it really is. You almost never hear me say this. I always believe tomorrow is another day, you know these things come and they go. If the Republicans let their nominee go down on unsubstantiated, unprovable allegations, no matter how credible this woman is, if they succumb to fear – because that’s all it is, it’s fear that the public will believe, or fear that women will get angry, fear that people will attack them or vote them out of office – if they succumb to that, they have lost the country.
They have lost what the country means and what it’s supposed to be about. They have lost the concept of innocent until proven guilty, they have lost the concept of due process, they have lost the power to put forward anybody. Because first of all, none of us is wholly clean and any of us can be slandered, I mean both those things are true. There’s no such thing as a perfect person, and if you’re going to destroy people with things that happened 36 years ago that alone is bad, but if you’re going to destroy them with something somebody said happened 36 years ago you have lost everything, they will lose the House, I think they’ll lose the Senate.
Whereas, if they stand firm and they push forward and confirm Kavanaugh – which is what I believe they should do without question, without doubt – the only thing that would change my opinion is if he came out and said: All right, I confess, I confess.
If they stand firm, the lynch mob hysteria will pass, good people – who right this minute are thinking “I believe her,” will stop and think: “Well wait a minute, why did I believe her? What were the facts? Where was the corroboration? What was going on here, what got me so carried away?” Good people will do that, not on the Left, but good people will do it – and they will come to their senses. The lynch mob mentality will pass, and the Republicans will survive. Of course, if anything ever comes out that can be proved he could be impeached, but then you’ve got to prove it, then you’ve got to put forward the evidence and not just ask people whether you believe her.
This cry of “I believe her” is the cry of every single lynch mob that ever killed a man. The cry of “I believe her” has gone all through history, it is so hard for our hearts to understand that it doesn’t matter what you believe. It doesn’t matter whether I believe in God, it only matters whether God is there, it does not matter what I believe is the truth, it only matters whether it can be proved and whether there are facts. What you saw yesterday, yesterday this country, the press, the Left worked itself up into a witch-hunt crucible mentality that was shameful.