On Wednesday, in a seeming attempt to buttress the case for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, CNN’s Jim Acosta interviewed a former high school classmate of Ford, Samantha Guerry, who proceeded to admit that although she had no knowledge of any wrongdoing by Kavanaugh, the “community of women I know” had experienced actions like the ones Ford ascribed to Kavanaugh.
Acosta began by letting Guerry paint a picture of her friend, asking, “What is she like, and what do you think she’s going through right now?”
Guerry answered, “This has been an agonizing period of time for her, as you might imagine. 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 added, “I think that the careful consideration she’s giving to how she handles this should be a lesson to everyone involved in this process.”
Acosta theorized that members of the GOP were “complaining” that the Ford accusation was revenge for the refusal of the GOP to confirm Judge Merrick Garland in 2016. He asked, “Do you think she (Ford) would be a part of that if that was going on?”
Guerry patronized, “I understand that this is highly inconvenient to the Republicans’ agenda right now,” adding that how the matter was handled was not Ford’s decision, but the Democrats’. She pontificated, “Whether it was revealed two months ago or last week, I’m not sure how relevant that is.” She later claimed that Ford would have to appear in a public forum, “in front of thousand of cameras and of people,” which is false; the Judiciary Committee has offered for her to testify privately. Acosta did not correct her.
Finally, Acosta got down to what mattered, asking, “What Dr. Ford is alleging, is this the first time you heard anything like that with respect to Judge Kavanaugh?” This exchange followed:
Guerry: Absolutely, it’s not the first time I’ve heard anything like that in terms of the community of women I know, and not regarding him but —
Acosta: Those sorts of things went on?
Guerry: A lot … You know, one of the things that’s surprising to me as I’ve gotten involved in this in the last couple days is how many women of my class have come forward to me in this last few days and said, “I had similar experiences in high school,” and this hits me very deeply and it’s very —
ACOSTA: Not with Brett Kavanaugh, but with other boys?
GUERRY: Not with Brett Kavanaugh. But with other boys in our community, and we all feel that if we were in her shoes, we’d want to be taken seriously as well.