Stephen King is no fan of Donald Trump. The prolific horror writer regularly roasts our hapless president and even offers good advice for dealing with his drooling MAGA-brained followers. His animosity towards Trump extends to the president’s Supreme Court nominee, the emotionally fragile serial liar and (alleged!) sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh.
Along with the rest of the country, King watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s gut-wrenching testimony naming Kavanaugh as her attacker in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He also watched Kavanaugh follow Ford’s testimony with an embarrassing meltdown where he showcased his sneering entitlement and utter disregard for sexual assault victims.
King cut through the noise and boiled the “he said-she said” dynamic of the dueling testimonies down to its logical essence:
He also offered up a movie quote that encapsulates Kavanaugh’s strategy of “defense by temper tantrum”:
The quote refers to a line from the Coen brothers’ movie Miller’s Crossing. In the film, John Turturro’s character Bernie Bernbaum plays a bookie caught in the middle of a Prohibition-era mob war. Gabriel Byrne’s character Tom Reagan is ordered to kill Bernbaum, but relents after he tearfully pleads for his life. Bernbaum then doublecrosses Reagan and blackmails him. “I’d just squirt a few and then you’d let me go again,” Bernbaum says, indicating his dramatic sob story was all an act to save his own life.
Kavanaugh’s own tirade has more in common with Bernbaum’s self-serving breakdown than a fact-based refutation of the allegations against him. He decried the process, lamented his personal humiliation, and even went so far as to accuse his own accusers of engaging in a conspiratorial revenge plot against him for his role in the 1998 impeachment of Bill Clinton. He then threatened reprisal saying, “What comes around, goes around.” These are indeed the kinds of statements befitting a weasel-like character from a mob movie and not a Supreme Court Justice.