Following Friday’s announcement by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the left flipped on one of its recent heroes; Michael Avenatti.
In a fiery speech announcing her decision, Collins ripped unsupported claims by Avenatti’s client, Julie Swetnick, that Kavanaugh facilitated a Cosby-esque “gang rape” operation while in high school.
Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important. I am thinking in particular not of the allegations raised by Professor Ford, but of the allegation that, when he was a teenager, Judge Kavanaugh drugged multiple girls and used their weakened state to facilitate gang rape.
This outlandish allegation was put forth without any credible supporting evidence and simply parroted public statements of others. That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process is a stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness. -Sen. Susan Collins
As a result of Collins citing Swetnick’s claim, liberals began to pile onto Avenatti – blaming him for Kavanaugh’s impending Saturday confirmation, while conservative pundits poked fun.
Avenatti may be a Republican operative cuz no one could pull off this self-sabotage, unless it was deliberate.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) October 5, 2018
While Christine Blasey Ford’s groping allegation may have been believable – and enough to derail the nomination, subsequent claims against Kavanaugh likely derailed what little legitimacy Ford had.
Collins called the Swetnick allegation “outlandish” and Kennedy said “this process changed dramatically when Mr. Avenatti entered the picture.” Michael Avenatti provided cover for Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh. Nice work, dude. https://t.co/yOMHyrOqPF
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) October 5, 2018
THIS is why Democrats did NOT want Michael Avenatti to get involved in this fight. Collins is specifically citing Swetnick’s “gang rape” accusation as something that made her think she needed to give Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) October 5, 2018
I wonder if the Swetnick fiasco will have the same effect on Michael Avenatti that the Roy Moore disaster did on Steve Bannon.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 5, 2018
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 6, 2018
SOURCE: Zero Hedge, by Tyler Durden