Democrats and the media are “ever-ready to rush to judgment” on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Sean Hannity said on his show Wednesday.
“Well, the presumption of innocence, it is a very core, fundamental principle of our republic,” stated Sean Hannity. “And you’ve got Democrats, and you’ve got members of the media, and they’re just so ever-ready to rush to judgment and throw this principle out the window and say, just come outright, ‘I believe Professor Ford.’”
Sean Hannity’s remarks stem from the media response to California psychology Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. Just days before the Senate was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, Ford alleged that Kavanaugh groped her at a party when the two were in high school some 36 years ago. Democrats and members of the media are insisting that Ford must be believed, liberal networks ABC, CBS, and NBC even “giving a boost to Democratic calls for an investigation into the Supreme Court nominee” on Wednesday, despite the FBI’s decision to decline “to investigate when the charges were brought to them over the weekend,” NewsBusters reported.
Read a transcript of Hannity’s comments in the clip below:
“Well, the presumption of innocence, it is a very core, fundamental principle of our republic. And you’ve got Democrats, and you’ve got members of the media, and they’re just so ever-ready to rush to judgment and throw this principle out the window and say, just come outright, ‘I believe Professor Ford.’
“Well, I’ll be honest, I don’t know what happened in 1982. I wasn’t there. But when a serious allegation is made, I’m all in favor that she should have the opportunity to present her case before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as this is a lifelong appointment, and then so, too, should Judge Kavanaugh be given the opportunity, as he has already said publicly, to deny the allegations.
“And then, of course, you have— if, at that point, if it’s he-said/she-said, well, then you look at the entirety of one’s life. And we’ve had many, many people now that knew Judge Kavanaugh back when, at the time when this last-minute allegation has been made. And they say the exact opposite of Professor Ford in terms of the type of person that he is. People that have dated him in high school, people that knew him in high-school—65 women in high school—women that knew him and dated him in college, women that knew him and dated him in law school, people that knew him when he served in the Bush administration, people that have clerked for him, women that have clerked for him, women that have known him in the subsequent 36 years of his life. They paint a very different picture.
“But we’re hearing a lot of crazy things. We’ve got one senator actually saying that men need to ‘shut up’ and that the Kavanaugh accuser ‘needs to be believed’ and ‘I believe her.’ Is there any presumption of innocence here? No.
“Now, Professor Ford doesn’t remember where; she doesn’t remember the time, the month, the year of what happened here, or specifics. She just says that Judge Kavanaugh groped her over her bathing suit and other clothes that she had on, and she felt like it was an attempted rape.
“And then the other friend that she mentioned that was in the room says it didn’t happen. And then people say he’s got credibility problems because he had written a book about how in those years of his life he was an alcoholic and at times blacked out.
“But it’s amazing.”