Kavanaugh ‘belligerant and aggressive’ when drunk … or sober
In a statement released Sunday, Charles “Chad” Ludington, a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s, said Kavanaugh was not truthful last week in his sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:
In recent days I have become deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale. … For the fact is, at Yale, and I can speak to no other times, Brett was a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker. … On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer. When Brett got drunk, he was often belligerent and aggressive. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail.
… If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences. It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges.
I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.
I watched Kavanaugh’s testimony and found it disturbing. I expect judges to be cool, dispassionate, and self-possessed to a fault. I kept telling myself he was displaying righteous indignation because his reputation was being impugned by political enemies and by a woman who supposedly was lying in order to take him down. But that wasn’t reason enough for a potential Supreme Court justice to become, in Ludington’s words, “belligerent and aggressive” — even while sober. It was not the sort of behavior I expect to see in someone aspiring to the highest court in the land.
Now we have Ludington’s statement about Kavanaugh’s drinking, which is definitely at odds with what the judge told the Judiciary Committee under oath. If I had any doubts before, they are gone now. I hate liars. I hate drunks. I hate loud, obnoxious drunks even more. Particularly if they become aggressive toward others — male or female.
Clearly Brett Kavanaugh isn’t temperamentally or morally fit to be a US Supreme Court Justice.