John Oliver discusses the ongoing controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, the sexual assault allegations against him, his Supreme Court nomination, and what that could all mean for the highest (mostly-dog) court in the land.
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Doesn't anybody remember Clarence Thompson who doesn't so much sit on the court as sleep on it? A very reputable law professor, I think maybe at U of Oklahoma, testified that when she was clerking for him he continuously sexually harassed her. He got confirmed.
You know watching this again and thinking about it deeply if you had been nominated to be a supreme court justice and were forced to sit in a room and listen to accusations of lewd and despicable behavior you might be a little bit mad. Responding "IDK have you" is a non-vulgar, but appropriate response. In reality if someone asked you the questions posed to Kavanaugh your response would be "Fuck off you piece of shit", because that is the only response when people accuse you of horrible things with no evidence.
This may read weird, but read me out. - A big part of Kavanaugh's "victory" in this hearing was because of Ford's vocal fry speech. I listened to this hearing on radio. Kavanaugh came off to me as unstable, and confrontational. Qualities which I don't think anyone wants in a Justice. But Ford's voice was grating on the ears. It's called vocal fry. Men do it, women do it. It's used in a theatrical sense to emphasize. I do believe Ford's testimony. I do not have faith that Kavanaugh will be an impartial Justice. But her choice in vocal fry speech, that hurt her.
Man Kavanaugh sure is ridiculous! It's not like he had any reason to be MORE STRESSED THAN HE EVER HAD BEEN IN HIS ENTIRE LIFE OR ANYTHING. Right? Stress doesn't make people act SUPER WEIRD or anything, right?
I would love to be even an acquaintance of Christine Blasey Ford because of the sincerity I feel in every statement she made. On the other hand I would not want to be in the same room with Bret Cavanaugh . Every person with a normal sense of dignity must recognize him for what he is. John you are just pissed of because the gop sluts of the nation you chose as your new home made him supreme judge anyway
So people are aware that, serial killers, and serial rapists keep little trinkets so they can relive the moments of them raping and butchering their victims, right?
Doesn't the calendar from 1982 that he kept from the month of these alleged assaults seem like a trinket?
Cause who in FUCKS NAME KEEPS A CALENDAR FROM 1982?!?!?!
Real quick: to everyone who keeps whining his life was ruined over this, please tell me how still being appointed to the highest court in the country is getting your life ruined. I don't see his life falling apart like countless victims of sexual crimes are for trying to come out about it. Yes, it can ruin the accused whether it was done or not, BUT I don't see legitimacy to the claim HIS life was ruined.
+Weiner Drizzle Wasn't the sentence that he did not kill his wife and her lover as there was no concrete proof. I never truly followed it, only know it caused a major shitstorm. What I was referring to was that the people were divided if he did or did not do it, always leaving that stain on his rep.
+Erin Galligan The emotional breakdown is the most genuine thing I have seen in recent years. I mean consider if he poker faced this accusation, that would have looked incredibly shady. In my opinion this is how an innocent man responds in face of a false accusation. Guilty or not, a man cannot defend against these kind of caliber accusations. Act emotional or stoic, in the public eyes he is already seen as guilty.
+Sir Sneezefart That is a pile of crap. He has lost nothing from this, in fact he gained a seat in the highest court in this country. Obviously he didn't lose credibility or he wouldn't have gained that seat. If I'm being honest, if his credibility was destroyed it was because he was manipulating facts and outright lying on the stand. Not to mention that emotional breakdown he had. Btw I hope his wife and kids think long and hard about what he was accused of and how he handled it.
+Sir Sneezefart why are using a dude who actually committed a crime as an example for people being falsely accused. OJ got off hes not innocent but that is potentially what happened here too so it might be the perfect example
+Zecleria I believe we have different opinions about a reputation being ruined. In my opinion his is, regardless of him getting supreme court position for life. He became an OJ Simpson, no matter what happens, there will now always be people remembering the hearing and how he supposedly got away with rape etc. etc. Also, if polls have shown us anything these recent years, is that they are complete and utter bullshit.
Mr Oliver is right, no matter if Kavanaugh did the crime or not, the way he acted when answering questions and giving a statement, shows he his not fit to serve. I wouldn't want to get him as a judge if I were accused of committing a crime that I didn't commit.
Time Is On My Side (Running Some Score Boy):
It's a long slow trip and I'm refining my way out of a "score boy." See you. Thanx for the daily input. A score boy is a poor boy and seldom makes it anywhere. CSL, at the restaurants. I don't play this game with target idiots in authority positions, or jewelry making for the finished product. Get an eye full score boys and a belly full. Yeah, shovel in that thickened plot. They're flank steak and it's gross. DEFENSE! COUNTER ATTACK! Target: "Score Boy," load the Brummer...we don't work for the paycheck "score boy." Get your game on. We don't close the deal, we leave it open. We don't drink to get drunk. C'mon, chew your food and point down your forks. You're embarrassing me. Is this game on or game over. I see them working straight into their retirements, death, and coffins.
ok Kavanaugh is an ass and I dislike him on a political and personal level
but it being that it couldn't be a case of mistaken identity because the accuser was 100% sure it was him is very circular logic
Seeing as the accuser of Steven Avery was 100% sure, and he spent 18 years in jail for a rape he never committed, its obvious we shouldn't give so much credence to accusers. What's more, if accusers are proven false, they should be prosecuted and face the same jail time as the accused faced.
Because he didn't do anything.... You. Are. A. Dumbass....
Her claims don't prove anything, her therapist notes aren't evidence, a lie detector isn't evidence. You cant deny someone a job based on an unproven accusation because it was a woman who made a claim, that is sexual discrimination and misandry.
I feel like my story from when i was a kid has a bit of weight here. I'm gonna give alot of details but it's not for sympathy, it's for context. I had to give testimony when I was ten years old in my custody hearing. My mother had just died and my stepdad, who beat the shit out of us every chance he got, was trying to get custody of me, most likely to kill me as he was violently unhinged and a cop who I know for a fact had gotten away with plenty of violent crimes. In point of fact, his cop buddies once watched him break my arm and punch my mama in the face and actively helped back up his lies about it when he took us to the hospital in uniform. Hell, that day of testimony, he showed up in uniform to try and fuck with me even more. My bio father had also signed away his rights almost immediately after mama died, so I had nobody in my corner besides my grandmother. She wasn't allowed to be there either when I testified so I didn't have my family behind me when I was testifying like this so called grown man did. I also didn't get to bring prepared speeches or information with me; I had to answer everything in my own words on the spot. I never stuttered, never talked over anyone or out of turn, never even got emotional describing some of the more violent beatings (I did have to pause a few times to keep from messing up or getting emotional) and I have the record of my testimony to prove it. Basically alone and with my life literally on the line at the age of ten, I was an infinitely superior speaker and testifier than this supposed professional whose life was in no way shape or form on the line. Let that shit sink in for a second. What a pathetic, incompetent, out of control, overly emotional, simpering, privileged little fuckin chickenshit Brett Kavanaugh turned out to be. He wasn't even fuckin being brought up on charges but he still cried like a fuckin infant that's had his toys taken away. Regardless of whether he did anything to Dr. Ford, the simple fact is that the man is absolutely incapable of performing this job. Fuckin period.
Wonder if he'd cry when he finds out one or both of his daughters got pregnant because they work for a "religious" owned business like hobby lobby, which doesn't have to provide birth control. “Under Hobby Lobby,” Kavanaugh wrote, "the regulations substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs (submitting the form) or else pay significant monetary penalties.” Just remember brett, karma can turn right around and bite you right in the ass.
I go back and watch these and see what people have to say after the fact. Like once it all concludes. This show jumps the gun so much it’s insane. And now that Kavenaugh is a Supreme Court justice and CBF was essentially proven to be a liar I wonder where the retraction or apology is.
it cracks me up that the republicans thought this hearing worked out to their advantage and they made him out, well, TRIED and FAILED miserably to make this angry man out as a victim. as evidenced by the Biggest WAVE in history proves that to be oh so wrong. He was exposed as a sexual pervert, an angry man, a sexist and one hundred percent unqualified. two thirds of the republicans on the supreme court are sexual predators... (I know, it's supposed to be a non political branch, but the tea party ruined that).....You republicans should be so very proud.
dont you laught at the fake stuck christians like this asshole acting like he never did anything wrong. rich hypocritical christians are the worst people. now this fake asshole will be able to make abortion illegal again. if you dont believe abortion is right just dont do it why should your opinion be push on to others?
"if you don't believe abortion is right just don't do it why should your opinion be pushed onto others?"
That logic doesn't work. Watch:
"If you don't believe rape is right just don't do it why should your opinion be pushed onto others?"
I agree with you, but be more careful when you present such arguments
The other half hates Dr. Ford just as much, yet she remained calm, composed, and respectful. You think she hasn't received just as much slander, hate, and threats as Kavanaugh? She has, but managed to supress her emotions, unlike Kavanaugh. Moreover, this man is being appointed to the Supreme Court, the highest court in all the country, and he should be judged on a FAR higher standard than the average person. Otherwise, we would elect anyone to the Supreme Court.
Second, you don't know if the accusation was false. No one knows for sure (except Kavanaugh, Ford, and anyone else potentially involved) because it was never properly investigated. But even if it was, and this is something John Oliver pointed out, he still demonstrated that he is completely unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. And that is the FAR more important point because it is not falsified if the accusations were false after all. If you want to argue on that, I'd be happy to hear you out.
The tonight show also fails to mention that, although they seem to think Ford had nothing to gain, Ford recieved over $600,000 dollars from a gofundme page. Now, in the name of transparency, I have to mention she stated she would be donating the remainder after her related expenses to trauma survivors, but I have not seen her name organizations or show receipts from these donations. It must also be mentioned that none of this is being audited.
She also received an enormous amount of hate, slander, and threats on a similar level to what Kavanaugh received (that's how our 2-party system works. It's one or the other, and for everyone who hates Kavanaugh, there's another who hates Ford just as much). She has had to take SERIOUS precautions to protect herself and her family from potential death threats; something she knew would likely happen ahead of time. Now, MAYBE (and you have 0 proof of this), she was personally motivated to make up these allegations. It certainly seems unlikely given how much was at stake. But even so, all you need to do is a little research. Wait until she decides where and how to donate the money. If it never seems to happen, then you can call her out for that.
More importantly, if this is the standard you are holding her to, you need to hold everyone you support to the same standard. I really want to get this across if I can, because our brains are designed to be biased. The only way to overcome it is to be aware of your biases and consciously disregard and push past them. I'm biased, you're biased, John Oliver is biased, Ford and Kavanaugh are biased, and effectively everyone else on the planet is too. But you don't need to let those biases dictate your actions. So be skeptical. Ask for proof of those donations, fact check to see if she's actually doing it for money. But PLEASE, just make sure you ALSO do that to everyone you support. Critizice them, fact check them, see what hidden agendas they may have. If you won't take the word of those you are opposed to at face value, you MUST also do the same to those you support.
True, but that's not what Oliver was trying to portray. I agree he wasn't entirely clear, and it could have been presented better, but his point was not "this [the pro life guy] is the opinion of everyone who supports Kavanaugh" it was "even for people who are of this opinion [the pro life guy] it still makes no sense to support Kavanaugh specifically because there are other options."
Then that doesn't make her a credible witness, but she knows Dr. Ford and her statement that she believes Ford makes the entire story more credible. Not proven of course, but you can't just disregard such a statement.
His life isn't really falling apart though. Even if the allegations were true, he was never in danger of going to jail. The worst that would happen to him from this hearing would be that he wouldn't get seated on the Supreme Court and would go back to being a Federal Judge. He would keep his very prestigious job and suffer no legal or financial consequences. So, to say his life was "falling apart" is an overstatement.
"But he has received a huge amount of hate, threats, and slander. His name is being wrongfully trashed, and he is being hounded by the media." Yes, and all of that is certainly reason to potentially break down in tears. However, I will point out that Dr. Ford has received the exact same treatment, but she managed to mostly suppress her emotions. She was clearly stressed and somewhat emotional, but she remained composed and respectful, and politely answered questions to the best of her ability. Judge Kavanaugh was incredibly rude at times, and blatantly dodged several questions or gave strange and questionable answers. ("Have you ever drank to the point where you couldn't remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?" "I don't know, have you?")
+Stuart Smith But you can't only apply that test to one of the justices and not the others then. Unless you see every single supreme court judge go through what he did. You have nothing to base whether his reaction was appropriate or not.
Did you watch the video? Dr. Ford was not being nominated to the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh was, and his character was in SERIOUS question during this hearing. That is what this is about. Even if the allegations turned out to be false, as John Oliver pointed out, Judge Kavanaugh's performance proved that he is absolutely not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.
If Kavanaugh did get into a fight on a boat you can bet he scratched that other girl real good. At least a two inch scratch. Sure Brett most likely cried a lot afterwards but I'd be willing to bet that other girl's scratch bled at least a drop or two.
Ford has lots to lose by coming forward and she constantly receives death threats to the point of not able to go home. Kavanaugh had a hard time answering simple questions during the testimony. While I try to maintain the "innocent-until-proven-guilty" mentality, those two facts persuade me to believe Ford more.
Some people defend Kavanaugh based on the presumption of innocence. While I also believe in the motto, it is obvious how his defenders actually don't. If they do want to uphold it, they wouldn't be quick to accuse Ford of lying. The point of the motto is protect the accused one, NOT to attack the accuser! The point of the motto is ingrain presumption among us that both parties have the possibility of being guilty and innocent! If you hear a rape accusation and your first instinct is to accuse the accusers of lying, then you don't care about justice, you only care about upholding rape culture.
Even if Kavanaugh is indeed innocent, why would anyone want him to hold any high-ranking government positions? I have been accused of lying and have been slandered many times and my reactions are far more level-headed than Kavanaugh's, even though I am still a temperamental person who has no patient to bullshits.
This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election. Fear that has been unfairly stoked about his judicial record. Revenge on behalf of the Clintons. and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. O wait, accidentally quoted Kavanaugh there. Man, I sounded like an angry child, diverting blame and refusing to answer questions. You know? Like a child would.
I'm not saying he's innocent but if I drank heavily as a high school kid in the 80's I wouldn't want an FBI investigation into anything during that time. They may discover what him and his friend were actually doing while "lifting weights" and let me tell you that mike pence would not be pleased
+President Anarchy in my opinion you are absolutely correct in the first two sentences of your comment. I agree. I told my wife at the time that if the Republicans push Kavanaugh through without taking the conformation seriously they will pay for their arrogance dearly during the midterms. It's my opinion that Kavanaugh's conformation had a lot to do with the midterm results of the Democrats taking the House. Had there been a thorough investigation and had the Republicans taken the charges against Kavanaugh more seriously I believe the Republicans would have fared better during the midterms. I'm not however dismissing Trump's arrogant and erratic behavior as one of the root causes of the election results. I believe the people often choose to install a balance of power when one side takes full power and then abuses that power to act like tyrants. The Republicans have made their platform very clear over the years and it includes family values, moral ethics, fair elections and such things. But when the people see them abandoning it all for power and votes they know those hypocrites will do anything to gain votes and power. They will ignore morals and completely overlook the most horrific acts of sin when a Republican commits them. They will completely ignore a known enemy state interfering in our elections when that interference puts Republicans into office.
There were a number of witnesses who knew Kavanaugh at the time including ones who were present during the night of the occurrence who were not called upon, it was a kangaroo court. An in depth FBI investigation could have been done, and there were plenty of others who were comparable to Kavanaugh in terms of political views who could easily have taken his place on the supreme court and been far more professional. Republicans in congress are choosing to go down the path of feeling over fact, and it's further and further dividing our country politically.
Kavanaugh is a lying piece of s**t. I’m almost the same age as him. I know what I and my generation did back in the 80’s . I’m referring to partying and not sexual misbehavior here. I didn’t have the money or the freedom he and his friends had. My generation tried everything. I’m willing to bet he did to.
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