A visibly angry and emotional Brett Kavanaugh denied under oath that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, telling senators Thursday his name has been "totally and permanently destroyed" by these "false" allegations - after his accuser testified she's "one-hundred percent" sure he tried to force himself on her 36 years ago.
The drastically conflicting statements, delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in dramatic testimony that carried echoes of the 1991 Anita Hill hearings, left senators to make a judgment call on whose story is accurate. The Supreme Court nominee's confirmation process was derailed by the 11th-hour charges, and it remains unclear whether the hearing will sway enough senators to secure confirmation.
Ben Shapiro, host of the Ben Shapiro Show and editor in charge of the DailyWire.com, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to share his take on the Kavanaugh hearing today.
On his thoughts on how this hearing has gone: I did hear you describe this as a roller coaster and there's no question that's exactly what this was. The way that the morning began was with the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford. I found her statements compelling. I thought she did not give any sort of corroborating evidence. She did not lock down her story. There were significant inconsistencies in her story with regard to the number of people present at the party she is talking about. She still can't give location. She still can't give date... What it really came down to was she said, 'Listen I may not remember a lot of things, but the one thing I definitely 100% remember is that Brett Kavanaugh was on top of me and attempted to rip off my clothes and put his hand over my mouth while I was screaming.' Everything else changes, but that's the one thing that doesn't change... My big problem with the way the Republicans ran the hearing was they didn't make clear what the purpose of the hearing was because without any corroborating evidence there's no way to get to the truth or falsity or mistakeness of her allegations. (00:39)
On Dr. Ford not seeming like a liar: I think that she believes what she's saying. Now, whether what she is saying is the objective truth is another question, but she believes, I think, what she is saying, which is what the polygraph shows, even though polygraphs are scientifically not valid. (3:25)
On both of their opening statements being emotional: I thought beforehand that the only way he's actually going to be able to save himself is to come out with the righteous indignation of a wronged man and that's exactly what he did. I just didn't think he was capable of it because if you watch his original Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing dude's dull as dishwater and then if you watch his interview with Martha MacCallum, I mean, he's a speed bump. He came out today and this is a guy who obviously believes he is innocent and that he is being wronged and maligned by Democrats who are seeking to destroy his life and his family on the basis of unverified or false allegations. (4:54)
On where today will leave us: It should leave us with Kavanaugh being confirmed because you have two witnesses who are compelling and candid and only one witness with corroborating evidence on his side. The accuser in this particular case has no corroborating evidence and in fact, as Kavanaugh said, there is rebuttal evidence from people she has cited as witnesses to the event. (8:15)
On the other allegations: The Deborah Ramirez case has no verification at all. He was not asked a single serious question about his behavior at Yale by a single Democrat. He certainly was not asked any serious questions about the gang rape allegations. It all comes down to, do you believe the unverified and uncorroborated allegation of one woman enough to destroy the life of a man who is about to be on the Supreme Court? (9:09)