Amy Klobuchar, Democratic Senator from Minnesota, spoke with CBS This Morning about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s performance during yesterday’s hearing concerning sexual assault allegations against him. It’s safe to say that Klobuchar was unimpressed by his white bro-rage.
Klobuchar was asked about one moment in particular when, after asking Kavanaugh if he ever drank so much that he couldn’t remember what happened after that, Kavanaugh turned the question back on Klobuchar and said, “Have you?”
The exchange continued as follows:
KLOBUCHAR: Could you just answer the question, judge? So, that’s not happened. Is that your answer?
KAVANAUGH: Yeah, and I’m curious if you have.
KLOBUCHAR: I don’t have a drinking problem.
KAVANAUGH: Neither do I!
“If I was in his courtroom and acted like that, he would have thrown me out,” Klobuchar told CBS This Morning.
Kavanaugh later apologized, prompting Klobuchar to explain that having an alcoholic father tends to make one careful about their alcohol consumption. But Klobuchar mentioned her father’s struggles with alcoholism and his attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the age of 90 before she even began asking Kavanaugh about his own history with alcohol, making Kavanaugh’s nervous attempts at snark even more embarrassing.
“I appreciated that he apologized, but at the same time he didn’t really answer the question.” said Klobuchar. “And what I was trying to get at was that you have this incredibly convincing testimony in the morning from Dr. Ford, you have other witnesses out there that have said—including his college roommate—that said he gets belligerent when he drinks. Others saying that he would have memory lapses, those kinds of things, and yet we are not allowed to talk to those people under oath or have the FBI look back and talk to them.”
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied having a drinking problem and described his relationship to alcohol as a simple romance between a man and his beer. This harmless relationship contradicts the claims made by those who knew him at Yale as well as every woman—Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick—who have accused him of sexual assault and misconduct.