If the morning proceedings with Dr. Ford were relatively low-key, the afternoon appearance by nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a study in contrast.
Alternating between tears and rage, Kavanaugh vehemently denied Dr. Ford’s retelling of her encounter with him, telling Congress that allegations by her and others have “totally and permanently destroyed” his family and his reputation.
The rage was eclipsed by those moments when he was in tears.
“I wonder how #45 is reacting to Kavanaugh’s crying,” Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former Office of Public Liaison communications director, tweeted during Thursday’s hearing. “The former #45 hates for men to show any sign of weakness.
“Vanity Fair” reporter Gabriel Sherman echoed that sentiment, saying Kavanaugh’s tears had “unnerved some White House aides.”
“People don’t know why he is crying,” a source told him.
In a loud voice, the conservative jurist told the Senate Judiciary Committee that his confirmation process had become “a national disgrace.”
“You have replaced ‘advice and consent’ with ‘search and destroy,’” he said.
But when repeatedly asked by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin if he would like an FBI investigation to clear up the charges once and for all, Kavanaugh repeatedly answered I’m innocent of this charge.”