The future of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is in doubt and new information is surfacing about his time at Georgetown Preparatory School, the private Catholic all-boys school he attended when he allegedly sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. Ford, now a professor of psychology, came forward with allegations that a drunken Kavanugh and his friend, Mark Judge, locked her in a room at a high school party where Kavanugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing, and covered her mouth to prevent her screams from being heard.
Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s alleged accomplice, initially responded to queries about the party in question with a tepid statement claiming he has “no recollection” of the events. But Judge could very well be telling the truth about his faulty memory if his memoir is to be believed. In it, Judge recounts his battle with alcohol abuse during to his time at Georgetown Prep, where he says “alcoholism was rampant” and that students even attended a bachelor party for a teacher that included a stripper. You know, just regular Catholic school stuff!
Internet sleuths have unearthed Kavanaugh’s yearbook from his days at the elite sociopath factory and the quotes and photos paint a picture that’s more in line with Ford’s recollection of a heavy drinking party boy than Kavanaugh’s supporters would like.
While there’s nothing in it that definitively proves Ford’s allegations (not that there would be), the preponderance of the evidence certainly indicates Kavanaugh liked to get drunk and that the company he kept didn’t really hold women in high esteem. Overall it makes Kavanaugh and company seem… pretty skeevy.
For example, here’s a photo of Kavanaugh and his friends with a caption that says “Prep parties raise question of legality” and “‘Do these guys beat their wives?’” alongside another of several kegs of beer.
Here’s Kavanaugh’s alleged assault partner Mark Judge with a quote on his page that says “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.” (Real charmer, that one.)
Judge’s page also has an inside joke that reads “Bart, have you boofed yet?” and “Bart” is most likely a reference to Brett Kavanaugh. In Judge’s memoir, he includes a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh” who is described as getting intoxicated enough to vomit in a friend’s car and pass out.
“Have you boofed yet?” also appears on Kavanaugh’s page. Another notable quote on Kavanaugh’s page is “He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows, nor JUDGE all he sees,” which could be a reference to Judge.
While we don’t have a clear answer for what “boof” means, according to @RiotWomennn, the source who supplied them with the yearbook says it’s a reference to anal sex.
It’s worth pointing out that Judge seems to have retained his low opinion of women well into adulthood, penning anti-feminist articles for right-wing websites as well as a post extolling the “uncontrollable male passion” a man feels when there’s no clear indication of consent:
More from the writings of Kavanaugh’s friend and witness, Mark Judge. In this passage Judge says there is an ambiguous place between “yes” and “no” and in that place, if a man is any kind of a man, he’ll feel the power and prove himself to a woman … https://t.co/7maMrXMWoG pic.twitter.com/fqwLsl84Pr
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) September 16, 2018
Judge also had a (now removed) YouTube channel which featured somewhat creepy videos of young women.
So what does this all mean? Obviously there’s nothing definitively proving Ford’s allegations (or Kavanaugh’s denial), but it does seem to confirm that Kavanaugh liked to binge drink in high school, that he had a close friendship with Mark Judge, that the two of them liked to party, and that Judge (at least) was a misogynist.
It also raises a host of new questions. Did Kavanaugh, like Judge, struggle with alcoholism? Did Kavanaugh, like Judge, retain any misogynistic attitudes into adulthood?
There’s at least some evidence that Kavanaugh kept up some of his secretive, hard-partying ways from an email he sent when he was working in the Bush administration. The email comes after Kavanaugh and some friends spent what sounds like a pretty wild weekend on a boat.
In it, Kavanaugh claims he doesn’t recall getting “aggressive” after a dice game didn’t go his way and urges his fellow bros to maintain confidentiality “including with spouses.”
The totality of the evidence at least suggests that there’s much more to Brett Kavanaugh than the carefully stage-managed image that was presented to the judiciary committee. Kavanaugh, the affable carpool dad and softball coach, also likes to drink, gamble, and keep those facts private. Before he skates to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court it’s worth getting some answers from Kavanaugh, his BFF Mark Judge, and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford while they’re all under oath.
If we don’t get answers, then Kavanaugh’s quote from 2015 that “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep” will be among the most truthful things he’s said.
Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.”
I can’t imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice? pic.twitter.com/WhL8YeZQ78
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 18, 2018