Some Local Views on the Kavanaugh Hearings

Brett Kavanaugh

By Barney Blakeney

In the wake of condemning comments by S.C. Sen. Lindsay Graham calling the efforts of Democrats to vet accusations against Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh a despicable display of partisan politics, some local viewers of the spectacle are taking sides reflective of those in the Senate.

Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott said she’s particularly disappointed with Sen. Tim Scott, the first Black Republican senator elected from South Carolina since Reconstruction. Scott’s said he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh despite claims Kavanaugh sexually molested women while he was in high school and college.

The senate hearings have left much to be desired, admitted Dot Scott, but she feels Kavanaugh has emerged as an elitist offended by the audacity of those who challenge his character. She said fairness demands that Kavanaugh’s accusers be heard. Kavanaugh’s personal outrage at the process casts doubt he’ll make a suitable Supreme Court Justice, she said.

“That kind of temper, his elitist attitude – it goes beyond qualifications for the position. This is a person who will be making decisions that affect everyone’s lives. I don’t think that makes for a good Supreme Court Justice,” Scott said.

One local Black Republican who asked not to be identified said as a judge Kavanaugh’s had a spotless record. Opponents to his nomination had to go back 37 years to find something, he said. He pointed to a Fox News story about tweets from a Georgetown University professor who wrote, ““Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.” she wrote.

S.C. ACLU Executive Director Shaundra Scott said the organization normally does not take positions in issues that involve political elections or appointments, but on this rare occasion it’s taking an uncustomary stance in opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“We feel the investigation (into Kavanaugh’s background) has been inadequate and we doubt his fitness to serve. Because this is a lifetime appointment, it shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Scott said.

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