Ford Classmate Claims Kavanaugh Incident Happened, Then Deletes Facebook Post
A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford said her allegations were known by many people at their high school, and that he should “own up to it.”
“I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her, I signed this letter [supporting ford],” Cristina King said in a now-deleted tweet. “The incident was spoken about for days afterwords in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize.”
In a Facebook post, which she also removed, King further elaborated on what she claims to have known about Kavanaugh’s alleged attempts to drunkenly sexually assault Ford at a party in 1982.
“I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen,” she wrote. “Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”
There are some inconsistencies with King’s account, however. In an interview with the Washington Post, Ford said that she did not tell anyone about the incident at the time, meaning for King’s claims to be true, Kavanaugh himself or his friend and alleged witness Mark Judge would have had to told others about it. Additionally, Ford noted that the alleged incident occurred during summer vacation, which conflicts with King saying that people were gossiping about it at school.
King went on to note that even before the allegations, “I was and still am completely against his nomination.”
“I do not want him representing me or making decisions on my behalf in the Supreme Court as he goes against everything sacred to me as [a] woman,” King stated. “If Kavanaugh truly has the integrity mentioned by those who support him, then he should be just as courageous as Christine and stop trying to dodge the accusations, admit his actions from so long ago, speak from the heart, and apologize.”
She also described the rampant drinking and general debauchery that took place among her classmates and students at Kavanaugh’s elite all-boys prep school.
In a follow-up tweet, King explained why she deleted the tweet.
Hi all, deleted this because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews from The Wash Post, CNN, CBS News. Organizing how I want to proceed. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading
— Cristina King Miranda (@reinabori) September 19, 2018
She also released a statement to media outlets declining further inquiries into her claims.
To all media, I will not be doing anymore interviews. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine. That’s it. I don’t have more to say on the subject.
— Cristina King Miranda (@reinabori) September 19, 2018
Read a transcript of the deleted Facebook post here:
I signed this letter -it makes me proud to have attended Holton Arms. The current situation involving Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh touches a very personal nerve and has unearthed memories, good and bad, that I had buried deep from my time at Holton. I graduated from Holton, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh, not well, and Mark Judge. I remember having a bit of a crush on Mark, he had a keen intelligence and sardonic, biting wit when he wasn’t drunk which was often (as were lots of teenage guys from Prep, Landon and girls from Holton, Stone Ridge, Visitation on weekends at parties, during Beachweek, etc). I asked him to go to my junior or senior prom with me, can’t remember now which one. I just remember how horrible I felt when he stood me up because he got bombed a few hours before the prom dinner. He showed no respect and had no remorse. Apparently, in 2018 some things have not changed, unfortunately.
Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true. We are all in some way from that time, at least me, Christine, and I applaud her courage and her dignity. The drinking ensconced in the puritanism and hypocrisy of that elite, privileged , mostly white, Catholic, Washington society, was completely out of control. I recall having a few parties at my house and having to call the cops once on my own party. We were teenagers and did really stupid, abusive, dangerous things. Nobody here has the moral authority over anyone else no matter what elite school or college or brilliant career and beautiful family he or she may now have.
I invite the women who stepped up in support for Kavanaugh in their letter, in addition to writing about what a good person, great athlete, student, family man, and brilliant professional Brett Kavanaugh is, and he may well be all those things, to reflect on their use of the word “integrity” to describe him and to really think about who they are supporting and why. In my case, even before Christine came forward, I was and still am completely against his nomination. I do not want him representing me or making decisions on my behalf in the Supreme Court as he goes against everything sacred to me as woman, mother, daughter, latina, American and professional. No matter how fine a person and “upstanding” citizen he may be.
If Kavanaugh truly has the integrity mentioned by those who support him, then he should be just as courageous as Christine and stop trying to dodge the accusations, admit his actions from so long ago, speak from the heart, and apologize. By doing this, he would be giving the next generation and our kids/teenagers a huge lesson in humility, dignity and humanity. Those would be the actions of a person we want in the Supreme Court. We want a person who has erred in his life, who has not “turned the other cheek” as he is now doing, who is not afraid to embrace his flaws, mistakes, and weaknesses because it is this kind of person whom we can trust to make the difficult decisions and who will truly value human life and liberties. Being an “outstanding student, athlete, ..with a wide circle of friends” is way too superficial and does not do it for me. Not enough.
My heart goes out to all involved who are now whether they like or not, facing their demons, which are never pretty nor easy to dialogue with, but they are necessary in order for us to accept that we are all flawed and ultimately, human.
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