Overnight, the deciding voter in the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh explained her position. While she believes that an assault did take place, it wasn’t his fault.
Before the Brett Kavanaugh vote, many were hoping that Senate’s few female Republicans would rise to deny, believing the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford. Sadly for those, the deciding vote was cast by Maine’s Susan Collins.
This morning, she took to CNN to explain why. Simply put, she believes that while Ford was assaulted, she didn’t believe Kavanaugh was the person.
Susan Collins on CNN this morning: “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I do believe that she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom, and I’m not certain when, but I do not believe he was the assailant”
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 7, 2018
This, of course, flies in the face of what Ford said under oath, a point raised by CNN’s Dana Bash, who stated: “But if she said that under oath and he said that under oath, you’ve made a decision that he said is more valid than what she said”.
In response, Collins pointed to the lack of corroborating evidence and the fact that America proudly props up “a presumption of innocence,” but it’s probably worth mentioning that that doesn’t hold water in confirmation hearings.
This morning, the Washington Post reported that experts in traumatic memories have binned Collins’ theory, disbelieving that Ford could be mistaking Kavanaugh for someone else.
“The person lying on top of you—who she’d previously met—you’re not going to forget that,” Richard Huganir, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told the Post. “There’s a total consensus in the field of memory … If anything, fear and trauma enhance the encoding of the memory at a molecular level.”