Linda Tripp, the woman who exposed former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky, said in an interview this week that Christine Blasey Ford has severely damaged the #MeToo movement.
Daily Mail reports that Tripp, 68, said that the weaponization of unsubstantiated allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were “smacking of a political agenda” and set the #MeToo movement back a decade.
“Any allegations of sexual assault should be heard but I have to wonder at the timing of Ford’s decision to come forward,” Tripp said. “He was a judge in I think the second highest court of the land for several years but that was not enough to propel her forward. She didn’t come forward when she shared it with a therapist, why not?”
“I believe it was because then there would not have been a great bang for the buck,” Tripp continued. “Then, he was not going to be a swing vote turning the court decidedly towards conservative values.”
Tripp noted how Ford’s inability to remember nearly all significant details surrounding the alleged incident has hurt the #MeToo movement, saying, “What we’re seeing in the way this uncorroborated story is being handled is so damaging because the idea that we have to believe an accuser just because of her DNA, just because she’s a woman was never the goal.”
Tripp said she believed the accusations against Kavanaugh were part of a “well-orchestrated plan” that devastated the Kavanaugh family and harmed his wife and daughters.