The "Today" host backs up Republican Senator Susan Collins' opinion that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was assault, but not by Kavanaugh.
Megyn Kelly isn't pretending to know the truth about Brett Kavanaugh v Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, but the "Today" show host does think it's "absurd" that senators, like Republican Susan Collins, are getting backlash for confirming the judge as a Supreme Court justice.
"Here is one of the things that is bothering me now," Kelly said. "Susan Collins has every right to believe what she wants to believe, and yet some who don’t like her vote don’t feel that way. She came out and said, 'I don’t believe Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I believe something happened to her. I don’t believe believe he was her assailant.' Well, she just got killed for that."
"You’re not allowed to think it was a case of mistaken identity. If you do, you’re a victim shamer, a misogynist," she continued. "It’s absurd. You can look at both of those testimonials and say, 'I don’t believe it was him.'"
Collins, a representative of Maine, is now feeling the wrath of her constituents and progressive political organizations that hope to unseat her if she runs for re-election in 2020. A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $3.6 million that will go to her Democratic opponent as a result of her decision to vote in favor of Kavanaugh, and The Hill found no shortage of progressive groups ready to target her, as well.
While explaining her decision to vote for Kavanaugh after Dr. Ford came forward, Senator Collins told CNN, "I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I do believe she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom. And I’m not certain when."
"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to. I don't think she was coming forth with a political motive," she said while appearing on the network on Saturday after the vote that outraged many Hollywood stars. "But we also had a case where judge Kavanaugh came forward and said I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen. So here you have two people, who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying, under pain of perjury, so then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation."
Kelly backed up Collins' perspective that it "could have been a case of mistaken identity."
"I do believe that’s possible," Kelly said. "And you can look at Dr. Ford and say, 'She just didn’t convince me, there were too many holes in her story, I didn’t find her credible,' or you could believe something did happen between them and Christine Ford is remembering more than actually happened in the moment."
She also posed this possibility: "Maybe something happened but it wasn’t quite as bad as she remembers and it was so minimal that Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t even remember it."
"My point is there can be a way of voting for him wihtout saying, 'I'm voting for a sexual assaulter,'" Kelly added.
Kelly, a former lawyer, said at the top of the discussion that if the Senate hearings were "a criminal trial, he would have been found innocent."
"They did not even come close to having enough proof to get him beyond that kind of a standard, beyond reasonable doubt," she said.
Kelly got fired up about the accusations against Kavanaugh when they first emerged, describing the national discussion as "completely political."
"Look, if he's been wrongly accused of attempted rape, he does not need to shut up," she said. "He needs to defend himself and we need to be, at least, if you're a U.S. senator, please give us at least the semblance of fairness, just at least the appearance of fairness to both sides would be really appreciated."