Ed Whelan Apologizes for Ford-Kavanaugh Theory: ‘Appalling and Inexcusable Mistake of Judgment’
Ethics and Public Policy Center president Ed Whelan apologized for his widely mocked and condemned conspiracy theory that Christine Ford‘s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh are a case of mistaken identity.
Whelan set the rumor mill ablaze this week when he advanced a complex Twitter thread suggesting Ford misidentified Kavanaugh in her sexual assault allegations, going to far as to name another classmate of Ford’s as the possible attacker.
On Friday, he apologized and expressed regret for his “appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment.”
I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 21, 2018
Whelan’s apology comes after Ford released a statement saying there was “zero chance” she had confused her attacker. Despite the dubiousness of it all, Whelan’s idea has been picked up among Kavanaugh defenders and conservative media.
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