Sen. Blumenthal Rips Kavanaugh Op-Ed: ‘Obvious Effort to Clean Up the Debacle of His Testimony’


Shortly after Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s Wall Street Journal op-ed was published Thursday night, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) ripped the SCOTUS nominee’s self-defense as nothing more than a damage control strategy.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the senator called it “a pretty obvious effort to clean up the debacle of his testimony to the Judiciary Committee a week ago.”

“And that testimony was really profoundly revealing, almost like taking the mask off the judge and showing the real person,” he added. “And what he did in that testimony was show someone who was angry, vengeful, self-pitying, and threatening.”

Blumenthal has been an staunch opponent of Kavanaugh along with nearly every other Democrat on the committee, all of whom have said they’re deeply troubled by the allegations against the judge of sexual assault and excessive drinking.

In Kavanaugh’s op-ed, he expressed regret for losing his cool in his testimony last Thursday against the claims, while also describing himself as “hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent” individual.

However, Blumenthal wasn’t buying that, arguing the essay “in no way removes the issue of temperament,” adding that “when they speak publicly, they’re supposed to put those emotions to the side. And this op-ed in no way, in effect, cleans up that basic failing.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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