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Kavanaugh Critics: FBI Needs To Investigate What ‘Boofing’ Means

With the unsubstantiated allegations against Brett Kavanaugh continuing to pile up, some of his critics have zeroed in on a new gotcha on the SCOTUS nominee: the meaning of the words “boof” and “Devil’s Triangle” in his high school yearbook.

Even though the words “boof” and “Devil’s Triangle” may very well have had an entirely different meaning to a bunch of D.C. suburban teens in the early-’80s, Kavanaugh’s critics are promoting the narrative on social media that Kavanaugh lied under oath regarding the meaning of those terms. According to these critics, the “Devil’s Triangle” is not a drinking game, as Kavanaugh asserted during his testimony, but rather sex acts involving two guys and one girl; “Boof” refers to, well, something very NC-17; “Renate Alumnus” really was code for “I tapped that.”

Setting aside the problematic notion of combing through a high school yearbook and decoding inside jokes, for Kavanaugh to openly brag about it suggests a personality that was not only flippant but gleefully pernicious. Remember, many of those spreading this theory are the same people who have readily accepted that Kavanaugh was running a “gang rape” ring at age 15.

Politico is lending their weight to promoting the theory. In a piece published by Politico, Brian Fallon and Chris Kang, co-founders of a progressive group opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination, call for the FBI to fully probe the meaning of a 17-year-old teen’s reference to “boofing”:

For its investigation to be comprehensive, the FBI must also get to the bottom of what “boofing” means.

The term was one of several raunchy references in Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook. When questioned at last week’s hearing about the meaning of these inside jokes, Kavanaugh conveniently had an innocent explanation at the ready for each. None, however, was credible.

Under normal circumstances, Kavanaugh might be right to consider it overreach for the world’s most deliberative body to be grilling a Supreme Court nominee about crude jokes in his high school yearbook.

But in Kavanaugh’s case, the yearbook references are relevant. Since facing sexual assault allegations, Kavanaugh has tried to cast himself as a choir boy during his high school and college years, stressing his time spent attending church and performing service projects. But the yearbook offers a glimpse of the Kavanaugh that Ford and Ramirez remember—a young man who drank to excess and found humor in the disrespecting of women.

The article, of course, neglects to mention the fact that over 60 women and several of Kavanaugh’s classmates have openly rejected the portrait that Ford and Ramirez have painted of him, both of whom have failed to identify a single witness that can corroborate their accounts. For his critics, their uncorroborated accounts are more truthful than Kavanaugh’s assertion that “boofing” referred to flatulence and “Devil’s Triangle” was a drinking game.

“Kavanaugh’s answers to the Senate about the meaning of these yearbook references defy credulity—and directly undermine his credibility,” Fallon and Kang continue. “They suggest he is unwilling to admit the truth about even the smallest of matters.”

Fallon and Kang go on to assert that the FBI, who has already done six background checks on Kavanaugh, should do a comprehensive interview with several of his former high school friends to get to the bottom of these mysterious passages.

FBI investigators should ask Kavanaugh’s football teammates—many of whom also dubbed themselves “Renate alumni” in their own yearbook entries—exactly what the reference meant. They should ask Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, whose yearbook entry also referenced boofing, if he agrees—under oath—that it means what Kavanaugh said it does. They should find the friends who supposedly played Devil’s Triangle with Kavanaugh.