CNN’s Kaitlan Collins Incorrectly Reports Clarence Thomas Was Accused of Sexual Assault During Confirmation
While Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s confirmation prompted comparisons to that of Clarence Thomas, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins took them one step further in error Monday night.
Reporting on the White House’s ceremonial swearing-in gathering led by President Donald Trump that evening, Collins claimed both former SCOTUS nominees faced sexual assault allegations at the time of their confirmation hearings; however, Thomas did not.
“People in the room are telling me that as President Trump was saying that this shows that you are still innocent until proven guilty, Clarence Thomas was seen clapping in the room,” Collins said. “I don’t know if any of the other justices were, but Clarence Thomas, who of course during his confirmation hearings was also accused of sexual assault, was there clapping as well.”
While Thomas did in fact become the subject of sexual assault allegations from a woman in 2016, at the time of the Anita Hill controversy in 1991, the then-nominee had only been accused of sexual harassment, a markedly different crime.
It appears the network’s Kate Boulduan may have not noticed, since the statement went unchecked.
The confirmation hearings of the two justices have been frequently juxtaposed by reporters and politicos as both were highly contentious, Kavanugh’s having been marked by allegations of drunken behavior and sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford.
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