Leading evangelist Franklin Graham claims the attempted sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was not a crime.
Claiming that Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of attempted sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “irrelevant,” the influential son of the late Billy Graham said that even if Ford’s allegation of sexual assault is true, it shouldn’t matter.
Graham argues that the criminal conduct shouldn’t matter because Kavanaugh “respected” Ford’s objections by breaking off the assault, and not raping the 15-year-old high school student.
Daily Kos reports on the assault, explaining that Ford “vividly described an intoxicated Kavanaugh pushing her into a bedroom, locking the door, getting on top of her and trying to tear her clothes off. He put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. She said she feared he would inadvertently kill her, and that she barely escaped.”
However, apparently for Graham, such behavior does not constitute a real crime, and is ultimately irrelevant.
Speaking with the Christian Broadcasting Network late last week, Graham lamented the charges against Kavanaugh:
It’s just a shame that a person like Judge Kavanaugh who has a stellar record–that somebody can bring something up that he did as a teenager close to 40 years ago. That’s not relevant.
I hope the Senate is smarter than this and they’re not going to let this stop the process from moving forward and confirming this man.
When questioned about the message that such a view sends to sexual abuse victims, Graham said:
Well, there wasn’t a crime committed. These are two teenagers and it’s obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away.
Graham is wrong. It was a crime. Holding someone down with your hand over their mouth while groping them in an attempted rape is always a crime. Full stop.
Bottom line: Leading evangelical Franklin Graham wants to give Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a pass and ignore the fact that Kavanaugh tried to rape a 15-year-old high school student.