When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual assault, little was known about her; in fact, she had no social media footprint at all — an extreme oddity for modern times.
But according to a new book set for release on Tuesday, penned by two prominent conservative politicos, Blasey Ford “completely scrubbed” her digital footprint weeks before sending the sexual assault allegation to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in the form of a letter.
Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway and her co-author, Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network, suggest in “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” that this social media history scrubbing had been done to cover up Blasey Ford’s far-left politics and her expressed “antipathy” toward President Donald Trump, who tapped Kavanaugh for the position on the highest court.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, the book outlines how Blasey Ford was portrayed by the media as “politically moderate,” even though “her acquaintances reported Ford’s profile on social media ‘had been notable for its extreme antipathy to President Trump.’”
“Additionally, her political views ‘ran decidedly to the left and were at variance with most of her family’s,’ and Ford’s friends on Facebook said she ‘regularly expressed hostility’ toward the Trump administration, they said,” the Examiner noted, adding that Blasey Ford’s social media “was ‘completely scrubbed’ about the time Kavanaugh was tapped for the Supreme Court in early July 2018.”
Blasey Ford told Sen. Feinstein in a letter last year that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party, which was not specified, sometime in the early 1980s. The dubious claim was completely uncorroborated and the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimately found that there was “no evidence to substantiate any of the claims.”
“In neither the committee’s investigation nor in the supplemental background investigation conducted by the FBI was there ANY evidence to substantiate or corroborate any of the allegations,” the Committee said.
Kavanaugh was finally confirmed to the highest court bench in early October, and Blasey Ford walked off with over $650,000 from a GoFundMe account in November.
As reported by The Daily Wire last week, Hemingway and Severino also claim in the book that President Donald Trump withheld “dirt” on the accuser out of fear of being accused of so-called “victim shaming.”
“They interviewed Trump, top White House officials and several Supreme Court justices, among many others,” reported Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. “The book describes a central conundrum for the judge and his advocates, which is that the team ‘understood that any criticism of Ford would be treated as a smear’ and depicted as ‘victim shaming.'”
“Although some of those who knew Ford shared details about her behavior in high school and college that were ‘dramatically at odds with her presentation in the media,’ the book says, the Kavanaugh team decided to focus on his record and the damage to his reputation,” Kurtz added.
As noted by the Examiner, Blasey Ford allegedly went by her maiden name before the accusation hit. “Some suggested that she was following sophisticated public relations advice to emphasize her relationship with her husband,” the book says.