Yale Students Rise Up, 400 Protest Kavanaugh in Washington DC
Lurking in the background of the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is Yale University, Kavanaugh’s alma mater and the alma mater of one of his accusers. On Monday, Yale students spoke up.
400 Yale community members traveled to Washington DC to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination which resulted in the arrest of two law students. The same day Yale students back in Connecticut staged a sit-in at the school’s campus in New Haven and called for the university to condemn Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Yale Law School students fill a hallway sitting in silent protest over allegations that Brett Kavanaugh assaulted at least 2 women. pic.twitter.com/uxUwKoZkCT
— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) September 24, 2018
Last week, fifty Yale Law School faculty members wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to conduct a “fair and deliberate confirmation process.”
Kavanaugh graduated from the law school in 1990. Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself and forcing her to touch his genitals, was a classmate of Kavanaugh during their undergraduate Yale years.
One current professor at Yale Law School, Amy Chua, endorsed Kavanaugh as a mentor to women, but her students have spoken out against her.
The Guardian reported that Chua told female students it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models” and she allegedly gave female students advice on their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him.
Chua, who is most well known for writing the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, denied the accusations.
“Everything that is being said about the advice I give to students applying to Brett Kavanaugh ― or any judge ― is outrageous, 100% false, and the exact opposite of everything I have stood for and said for the last fifteen years,” Chua said.
But multiple former students of Chua’s contradicted her and said Chua was lying.
“I personally heard her state that it’s not an accident that all his clerks look like models,” a current Yale Law student told HuffPost on Saturday. “So I personally know that for her to say the allegations are 100 percent false is a lie, because at least that one is definitely true.”
Students also reportedly feel betrayed and believe that Yale knew about the sexual misconduct of Alex Kozinski, who resigned from his position as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit after a wave of harassment allegations. Kozinski was a popular judge for students to clerk for and also Kavanaugh’s mentor.
Doug Kysar, deputy dean of Yale Law School, remarked this week that he knew of Kozinski’s behavior since 1998, but clarified that he meant Kozinski “seemed like an asshole”, and did not know of the sexual harassment.
“Given what I did know, do I wish I had done more? Yes,” he said. “I always wish I had done more.”
In response to Kavanaugh’s self-portrayal as a “choir boy” during his college years in a televised interview Monday night, former classmates of Kavanaugh spoke out on Wednesday referring to Kavanaugh as a party boy and sloppy drunk. Kavanaugh claimed in his younger years he was focused on sports, academics and “service projects.”
“Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling,” said former classmate Liz Swisher, a Democrat and chief of the gynecologic oncology division at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “There’s no medical way I can say that he was blacked out. . . . But it’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess.”
“He’s trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy,” said Lynne Brookes, a Republican and former pharmaceutical executive who recalled an encounter with a drunken Kavanaugh at a fraternity event. “You can’t lie your way onto the Supreme Court, and with that statement out, he’s gone too far. It’s about the integrity of that institution.”
Fox host Martha MacCallum asked Kavanaugh Monday night: “Were there times when perhaps you drank so much — was there ever a time that you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened the night before?”
“No, that never happened,” Kavanaugh said.
MacCallum asked again: “You never said to anyone, ‘I don’t remember anything about last night.’ ”
“No, that did not happen,” Kavanaugh said.
The Washington Post reported that in a 2014 speech to the Yale Federalist Society, Kavanaugh recalled a story of heavy drinking. He spoke of a ‘”boozy trip for 30 of his Yale Law classmates to Boston for a baseball game and a night of barhopping, complete with “group chugs from a keg” and a return to campus by “falling out of the bus onto the steps of Yale Law School at about 4:45 a.m.”’
Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are both scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a vote is scheduled for Friday.