In its efforts to find damaging information about Brett Kavanaugh’s past, The New York Times has combed through the judge’s high school yearbook pages to provide the public a “glimpse of the teenage years of the man who is now President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.” The paper zooms in on one potentially “hurtful” entry, which references a woman who has publicly vouched for Kavanaugh’s character.
“Among the reminiscences about sports and booze is a mysterious entry: ‘Renate Alumnius,'” the Times notes, a “mysterious” reference to a girl, Renate Schroeder (now Renate Schroeder Dolphin, 64), about whom some of the football players once supposedly spoke disrespectfully, according to one of Kavanaugh’s classmates, though four of his classmates have pushed back on that claim.
“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said former Georgetown Prep student Sean Hagan, the Times reports. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”
The Times found that a total of 13 boys in Kavanaugh’s class wrote notes about being “Renate Alumni.” One of the entries included a poem: “You need a date / and it’s getting late / so don’t hesitate / to call Renate.”
The Times reached out to Dolphin for comment.
“I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago,” she said in a statement to the Times. “I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”
But Kavanaugh and four of his classmates say that “Renate Alumni” was simply a reference to having gone on an “innocent date” with her at some point. They all denied ever bragging about sexual exploits with her.
“Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Dolphin attended one high school event together and shared a brief kiss good night following that event,” a statement from Kavanaugh’s lawyers says. “They had no other such encounter. The language from Judge Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook refers to the fact that he and Ms. Dolphin attended that one high school event together and nothing else.”
Dolphin responded through her lawyer, “I think Brett must have me confused with someone else, because I never kissed him.”
CNN has since covered the story, making sure to cast it as Kavanaugh being “hurtful” to a woman: “New York Times: Woman who signed letter supporting Kavanaugh calls yearbook revelation ‘hurtful’.”
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Kavanaugh again adamantly denied the allegations against him, pointing to the complete lack of corroborating evidence and the uniform denials of potential witnesses, and said he remained a virgin throughout high school and for years afterwards. “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” he said.
UPDATE: The Times is now getting blowback for hiding “multiple key facts” in its Kavanaugh yearbook report.