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Given that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has beenÂ credibly accusedÂ byÂ multiple womenÂ of drunken sexual assault in his high school and college years, itâs no surprise that heâs been getting a lot of questions about his drinking habits and attitudes toward women during those years.
Kavanaughâs âresponsesâ to these questions under oath have beenÂ obvious liesÂ â but theÂ FBI hasnât been allowedÂ to talk to witnesses who could confirm that heâs lying in its reopened, but extremely limited, background investigation.
One of those witnesses, theÂ New YorkerÂ reports, submitted a sworn declaration to the FBI contradicting Kavanaughâs most insulting lie of all: that a series of obviously slut-shaming references in his high school yearbook to one particular young woman were made out of respect, not mockery.
And in response to that testimony, the woman who was mocked by Kavanaugh and his friends said she was âprofoundly hurtâ by hearing the sickening details about it â and confirmed that she was withdrawing her earlier support of Kavanaughâs nomination.
In the Georgetown Preparatory School yearbook, one photo of nine football players that includes Kavanaugh is captioned, âRenate Alumni.â The phrase âRenate Alumniusâ (sic) also appears on Kavanaughâs individual page in the yearbook.
The reference was to Renate Dolphin, whose last name was Schroeder when she attended a nearby all-girlsâ Catholic school.
The implication is obvious when a bunch of teenage boys say they are âalumniâ of the same specific girl: They mean that they all engaged in sexual activity with her, or that they think itâs funny to say they did because it lets them call her a slut.
But thatâs not what Kavanaugh said in sworn testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He said that Dolphin was âone of our good female friends that we admired and went to dances with,â and that the yearbook reference was âclumsily meant to show affection, that she was one of us.â
Dolphin, however, was very clearly not in on the joke. She told theÂ New York TimesÂ last week, before Kavanaugh testified, that she didnât know about the yearbook references until a few days prior.
âI canât 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,â she said. âI pray their daughters are never treated this way.â
In that article, Kavanaughâs lawyer claimed that Kavanaugh and Dolphin âattended one high school event together and shared a brief kiss good night following that event.â Dolphin, however, denied ever having kissed Kavanaugh at all.
Kavanaughâs lie about Dolphin seems even more obvious and insulting given that one of these âalumniâ also had the following short poem on his yearbook page: âYou need a date / and itâs getting late / so donât hesitate / to call Renate.â
Dolphinâs name is reportedly pronounced âreh-NOT-uhâ but was changed to âree-nateâ for the purpose of making up insulting rhymes.
The anonymous Georgetown Prep classmate who submitted a declaration to the FBI also mentioned such a âpoemâ â and told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh and his friends showed anything but respect for Dolphin:
But the classmate who submitted the statement said that he heard Kavanaugh âtalk about Renate many times,â and that âthe impression I formed at the time from listening to these conversations where Brett Kavanaugh was present was that Renate was the girl that everyone passed around for sex.â The classmate said that âBrett Kavanaugh had made up a rhyme using the REE NATE pronunciation of Renateâs nameâ and sang it in the hallways on the way to class. He recalled the rhyme going, âREE NATE, REE NATE, if you want a date, canât get one until late, and you wanna get laid, you can make it with REE NATE.â He said that, while he might not be remembering the rhyme word-for-word, âthe substance is 100 percent accurate.â He added, âI thought that this was sickening at the time I heard it, and it left an indelible mark in my memory.â
Dolphin has already gone on the record as being insulted by the implication of Kavanaughâs yearbook. But when the New Yorker asked Dolphin about the anonymous classmateâs new statement, she seemed devastated.
âIf this report is true, I am profoundly hurt,â she said. âI did nothing to deserve this. There is nothing affectionate or respectful in bragging about making sexual conquests that never happened. I am not a political person, but my reputation matters to me and to my family. I would not have signed the letter if I had known about the yearbook references and this affidavit. It is heartbreaking if these guys who acted like my friends in high school were saying these nasty, false things about me behind my back.â
Dolphin confirmed to the New Yorker that she had asked for her name to be removed from aÂ letterÂ signed by 65 women who said they knew Kavanaugh in his high school years and vouched for his character.
Two other women who signed that letter have also subsequentlyÂ askedÂ to be removed, joining aÂ growing numberÂ of former Kavanaugh backers who have officially withdrawn their support â not to mention hundreds ofÂ law school professors, and the nationâs largest group ofÂ churches, who say Kavanaughâs nomination must be withdrawn.
Itâs not hard to see why Kavanaugh is attracting such universal condemnation. The accusations of sexual assault are awful enough â but Kavanaughâs willingness to brazenly lie under oath about trivial details destroys any semblance of credibility he might have as a judge.
Anybody who has ever interacted with teenage boys at an American high school knows Kavanaugh is full of it. Teen boys donât form âclubsâ to celebrate the girls they respectÂ so muchÂ as friends. They do things like that toÂ bond with their bros over humiliating young women together.
And Kavanaugh sexually humiliating young women and laughing about it is at the core of the very serious allegations against him. The thing that sticks with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford most about her horrific alleged assault, other than fearing she would die of suffocation when Kavanaugh covered her mouth, was hearing the laughter of Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge â best friends having the best time together while theyâre trying to rape a girl.
Kavanaughâs lies arenât just obvious; theyâreÂ insulting. They are insults to the intelligence of anyone who hears them. And to Dolphin, the insult is deeply personal, and reveals some of the true depths of KavanaughâsÂ disgusting misogyny.
Published with permission of The American Independent.