Liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said everyone should believe Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her more than 30 years ago, because he hasn't heard anyone question her credibility.
In an op-ed published Monday night, Robinson said Senate Republicans and the White House sent the message that "women were being put in their place" by not siding with Ford, who has not offered any witnesses to corroborate her account and says she doesn't remember details like the time and location of the alleged attack.
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"Her recounting of that nightmare was vivid, detailed and specific," he wrote of Ford's testimony last week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It was clear she had not sought the public eye — she was 'terrified' facing senators, she said — but felt she had a duty to report what Kavanaugh had done. I haven’t heard anyone claim she was anything but believable. Which means she should be believed."
Robinson made that argument even though Rachel Mitchell, the sex crimes prosecutor brought in by Senate Republicans to question Ford, released a report detailing her conclusions on Ford's testimony, which Mitchell said "rais[ed] significant questions" on the credibility of her claims.
Mitchell wrote in her report that Ford's "account of who was at the party has been inconsistent" and that she "has not offered a consistent account of the alleged assault."