Republican senators delivered their judgement on Christine Blasey Ford in the minutes after she stood up to questioning and detailed her allegations of abuse by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The assessment of 84-year old Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah is that Ford looked good as she faced the cameras and questioners and defended her allegations under questioning.
‘She’s a good witness. Articulate. She’s an attractive person. But I think it’s a little early to make those kinds of determinations,’ said Hatch, a senior member who participated in the 1991 Anita Hill hearings.
When a group that included female reporters asked Hatch to elaborate, he responded: ‘She’s pleasing,’ McClatchy reported.
‘She’s a good witness. Articulate. She’s an attractive person,’ said Utah Sen Orrin Hatch after Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony
Hatch’s office has pushed back to note Hatch has used the term in the past to describe other candidates.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) emerged from the hearing fired up, saying Democrats want to ‘trash’ Kavanaugh.
He called her a ‘very competent, accomplished lady. Something happened, I don’t know what,’ he said.
‘I thought it was a good suggestion for her to go talk to somebody to work through this,’ Graham said, referencing a prosecutor’s suggestion that the normal case is for a long individual interview.
Christine Blasey Ford earned praise for her ‘credibility’ from Republican senators
Sen. Lindsey Graham called Ford a ‘very competent, accomplished lady’
GOP Sen. Sheila Moore-Capito, who attended the same Holton-Arms private school as Ford, called her testimony ‘very compelling and emotional for her obviously … riveting.’
‘I thought she looked credible,’ Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said, The Hill reported.
On Fox News, the favorite network of President Donald Trump, former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove said: ‘We saw an emotional and credible witness.’