'1991 All Over Again': Ingraham Says Dems Have Been 'Salivating' for Another Thomas-Hill 'Spectacle'
'This all has the whiff of a political smear.'
Laura Ingraham said the chaos surrounding the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is reminiscent of when Clarence Thomas was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill.
Hill in 1991 accused then-Supreme Court justice nominee Thomas of sexually harassing her. The two both testified publicly before Congress, and Thomas was eventually confirmed in the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in more than a century.
Kavanaugh has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford, a California research psychologist, of sexual assault at a high school party in the 1980s. He has emphatically denied the allegation.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has called a hearing for Monday morning to give both Kavanaugh and Ford an opportunity to testify under oath.
"Ford claims that she decided to come forward at this moment out of 'civic responsibility,' but the timing -- suffice it to say -- is curious," Ingraham said in her "Angle" commentary Monday.
She noted that there appear to be "holes" in Ford's version of events, including 2012 notes from her psychotherapist mentioning four men involved in the alleged assault. She said Kavanaugh's name did not appear in the notes.
Ingraham added that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received a letter from Ford detailing her allegations weeks ago, but Feinstein chose not to share it with the FBI or mention it during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.
"Why?" Ingraham wondered. "This all has the whiff of a political smear masquerading as a sexual assault allegation -- one that 36 years later, let's face it, cannot either be proven or disproven."
She said that a hearing may be a mistake for Republicans, because Democrats have been "salivating" for another Thomas-Hill "spectacle."
Ingraham said reasonable people could conclude that this is all a "political hit job" designed to cause maximum damage to Republicans and President Trump ahead of the midterm elections.
"Republicans who buckle to this type of smear and type of, frankly, intimidation game, they don't deserve to be in the Senate for another minute," Ingraham said. "Any senator who would allow this to happen to a nominee of Kavanaugh's experience and integrity should look at his or her own."
Watch the "Angle" commentary above.