Kenna Gottschalk, Staff Writer
Brett Kavanaugh is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He took oath in October 2018 and was nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Kavanaugh’s nomination process was surrounded by controversy because of sexual assault allegations against him regarding incidents that had taken place in his high school and college years.
The first of several women to speak up contacted a Washington Post tip line accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting her in the early 1980s, back when they were both attending high school together. Once Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public with the story, she ended up testifying in front of Congress. Her former therapist and her husband both knew of the assault.
The next woman to step forward said Kavanaugh also assaulted her in the 80s when the two were intoxicated, and witnesses can confirm this event.
A third woman came forward to say that Kavanaugh, along with a friend of his, were “known for drugging and preying on girls.”
Overall, not a good look for Kavanaugh. Nonetheless, he was still able to successfully step into his position as one of the most powerful judges our country has.
New allegations have recently been made against Kavanaugh. A New York Times essay described a previously unreported story about Kavanaugh’s time as a Yale student. President Trump made his opinion of it all known by taking the news to Twitter, a dangerous habit of his.
Trump wrote, “‘The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim. The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh – Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.’”
Because of all of the accusations and controversy surrounding Kavanaugh, the question being asked by many is, “Should Justice Kavanaugh be impeached?”
If it is not already clear, President Trump thinks not. He even went as far as to say that it is Kavanaugh who is being assaulted… a bold choice of words considering the seriousness of the situation.
The Democratic Party, on the other hand, and many others think otherwise.
Several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh after The New York Times published information about allegations of sexual misconduct against him, while Republican leaders, like Trump, condemned the report as irresponsible and defended him.
Those who don’t believe Kavanaugh deserves to be impeached commonly think this because, “There isn’t enough evidence,” or “It happened years ago,” or that “It doesn’t affect his actions as a Justice.”
No matter what is believed, there is an important question to ask ourselves, “What kind of person do we want in charge of protecting the rights of citizens?”
For someone who is in a position as powerful as Kavanaugh’s, there should not be such a great number of people questioning his character. After all, how can we live with ourselves if when we hear someone discuss sexual assault about a Supreme Court Justice, and we respond with “But…”?