Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court

John Sebastiani '21, Staff Writer

The Ford versus Kavanaugh saga came to an end just over a week ago with a Senate vote of 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh. This came after days of controversy and protests amid allegations made by Dr. Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school in the 1980s.

Supporters of the newly approved Supreme Court Justice argue that the accusations were a political move by the Democrats to try and stall the approval of Kavanaugh and hope that Democrats take over the Senate in the midterm elections this November. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said directly to Democrats at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life,” before going on to say, “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”

A lot of Democrats and protesters of Kavanaugh believed Ford and the accuracy of the allegations. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) sat down for an interview with The New York Times and when asked about whether or not she believes Christine Blasey Ford, she said, “This whole idea that the Republicans have, that women just sit around making these things up, that is not borne out by the reality,” before continuing to state, “With reference to Dr. Ford, the credibility is there for her. So I believe her.”

This topic was a constant source of debate and discussion around the school over the few weeks leading up to the Senate vote which took place on October 6th. Many teachers and students had differing opinions on the case and how it should have been handled.

“The way this has come out has shown true politics on both sides, really,” said Ms. Endrizzi, World History teacher in her first year here at Salesianum. “Even though the issue that is being discussed is really a big deal, [I think] some of the truth has been evaded from Judge Kavanaugh,” Mrs. Endrizzi said when referring to some past actions Brett Kavanaugh made that he tried to play off as drinking games.

Mr. Quinn, English teacher and moderator of Young Republicans, sides with Kavanaugh. “I have to go with the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty, and there was no evidence to coincide with anything that Dr. Ford said.” Then when asked whether or not he believed there was political motivation behind the allegations from Dr. Ford, he said, “Absolutely…I believe both Kavanaugh and Ford are victims here.”

Brett Kavanaugh will serve as the 114th supreme court justice in United States history. His confirmation cements a conservative majority in the supreme court as of now.