The "politics of personal destruction" shown in recent days during the confirmation proceedings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh shows Washington, D.C. at its "very ugliest," Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday during his comments to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"All of us should remember that we're talking about real human beings here," the Texas Republican said. "These aren't pawns on a chess board. These are real people."
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified at length on Thursday to the committee that she is "100 percent" sure Kavanaugh was the boy who sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, has been "through hell," said Cruz, and it was wrong to have her name made public against her wishes.
"Judge Kavanaugh, he, too, has been dragged through the mud for the last two weeks in a way that has no precedent," said Cruz. "In our polarized society we live in today, it's almost tribalized. Where half of us wear one team's jersey, the other half wear the other team's jersey, and everything we see, we see through the lens of our jersey."
But Kavanaugh has said the claims have destroyed his family, and Cruz said he doesn't think that's hyperbole.
"Judge Kavanaugh has two young daughters," said Cruz. "A 10-year-old and a 13-year-old. For the rest of their lives, their daughters will go to school, will interact with people, many of whom are convinced their father is a rapist."
However, the people Ford said could corroborate her story have not done so, and the evidence is not there to back up her claims, said Cruz.
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