After blowback for a tweet laying out seven "Kavanaugh responses" to the allegation that he sexually assaulted a girl while in high school, Politico's chief Washington reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere says those who are blasting him — like one Fox News senior analyst — are guilty of either "willfully or carelessly misread[ing]" his statement.
Among those who pushed back on Dovere's summary of "Kavanaugh responses" was Fox News' Brit Hume, who condemned the "breathtakingly dishonest" list.
"This is breathtakingly dishonest. Kavanaugh has had one response: he didn’t do it," wrote Hume, as Twitchy pointed out. "He said none of the rest of it."
Hume's sentiment was echoed by a majority of those who responded. Here are the first two posts:
Dovere quickly swiped back at his critics, saying they've "carelessly misread" his statement.
"[T]hat old yarn where people willfully or carelessly misread a tweet to suit their own rage machine, as some now are doing with this - doesn’t say these are *Kavanaugh’s* responses... or is the thought that he’d be talking about himself in the third person when citing the denial?" he wrote.
As Hume stated, Kavanaugh has been unequivocal and consistent in his denial of the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford — a denial he plans to make under oath.
"This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity."
Two other men named by Ford as having been at the party have denied her claims in writing to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the room during the alleged assault, says he has no recollection of any such incident involving Kavanaugh.
Patrick Smyth, who Ford says was one of four boys at the party, also denies any knowledge of the party or the incident. "I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as 'PJ' who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post," Smyth said in a letter sent to the committee this week. "I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh."