Hillary Clinton addressed comments that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh made during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last week, when he alleged that the multiple sexual misconduct accusations leveled against him were a “political hit” and a revenge plot being carried out “on behalf of the Clintons.”
On Tuesday at the the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., Clinton immediately met the conspiracy theories with laughter and called Kavanaugh’s behavior “defensive.”
“It deserves a lot of laughter,” she said through laughs. “I wasn’t watching when he said that; I was having to be somewhere else and away from a TV and even my phone. And so I heard about it later. I thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation. And I told someone later, ‘Boy, I’ll tell you, they give us a lot of credit.'”
She suggested that the timing makes the idea that the Clintons were behind the allegations even more improbable. “Thirty-six years ago, we started this against him?” she said sarcastically. “Even before, in high school apparently.”
Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford in 1982, when they were both in high school. Both shared their testimony at a widely publicized hearing last week that divided the nation. Kavanaugh appeared emotional and irate as he made several comments—among them the Clinton conspiracy claims—that many believed to be unprofessional political rhetoric for a judge. The hearings ended with Senator Jeff Flake dramatically calling for an FBI investigation into the alleged attack, which suspended the confirmation vote for a week.
Clinton shared that she found Ford’s story “very credible” and said she felt proud of the professor of psychology’s willingness to go public.
“You have to ask yourself, ‘Why would anybody put themselves through this if they did not believe that they had important information to convey to the Senate?'” she said. “She basically said that she thought it was her civic duty. So I found her presentation, I found her willingness to say, ‘I don’t remember that but I remember this’ to be very convincing. And I felt a great swell of pride that she would be willing to put herself out there under these circumstances.”
Clinton’s praises came the same day that Trump mocked Ford’s credibility at a rally in Mississippi.
“‘I had one beer.’ Well, do you think it was— ‘Nope, it was one beer,'” Trump said, mimicking Ford. “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How’d you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know.'”