Husband: Christine Blasey Ford Had Issues with Not Getting “The Attention or Respect She Felt She Deserved”
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wanted to flee the country for New Zealand when Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported Saturday. This was based on an interview with her husband Russell Ford. Blasey Ford has made an uncorroborated accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago at a drunken high school pool party. Kavanaugh denies her charge as do the two other mentioned witnesses.
Russell Ford also told the Post his wife had issues with not getting “the attention or respect she felt she deserved.”
When Donald Trump won his upset presidential victory in 2016, Christine Blasey Ford’s thoughts quickly turned to a name most Americans had never heard of but one that had unsettled her for years: Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh — a judge on the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia — was among those mentioned as a possible replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. When Trump nominated Neil M. Gorsuch, Ford was relieved but still uneasy.
Then Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement and Ford, 51, began fretting again.
“Her mind-set was, ‘I’ve got this terrible secret. . . .What am I going to do with this secret?’ ” her husband, Russell Ford, 56, recalled.
To many, Kavanaugh was a respected jurist. To her, he was the teenager who had attacked her when they were in high school.
Ford had already moved 3,000 miles away from the affluent Maryland suburbs where she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party — a charge he would emphatically deny. Suddenly, living in California didn’t seem far enough. Maybe another hemisphere would be. She went online to research other democracies where her family might settle, including New Zealand.
“She was like, ‘I can’t deal with this. If he becomes the nominee, then I’m moving to another country. I cannot live in this country if he’s in the Supreme Court,’ ” her husband said. “She wanted out.”
The Post article is a lengthy PR piece for Blasey Ford. Later in the article Blasey Ford’s husband explained her decision to leave the D.C. area for a life on the West Coast, recounting that she also had parental-political issues and feelings that as a woman she wasn’t getting the attention or respect she deserved.
“She didn’t always get along with her parents because of differing political views,” Russell said. “It was a very male-dominated environment. Everyone was interested in what’s going on with the men, and the women are sidelined, and she didn’t get the attention or respect she felt she deserved. That’s why she was in California, to get away from the D.C. scene.”
In contrast to Blasey Ford’s claim that a hazy uncorroborated accusation of a bad few minutes at a drunken high school party decades ago in which her clothes stayed on and she wasn’t beaten or raped will not allow her to be in the same country or Senate hearing room with Kavanaugh, Juanita Broaddrick managed to stay in the same debate hall in 2016 with Bill Clinton decades after she says–with corroboration–that he brutally raped her.