Fox News host Chris Wallace shared on Thursday that two of his daughters revealed that they experienced previously undisclosed incidents when they were in high school, as he participated in network coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Thursday.
Wallace said his daughters brought up their personal experiences as the family was sending email messages to one another about the allegations lodged against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, as The Hill reported.
“[They] hadn’t told their parents, I don’t know if they told their friends. Certainly had never reported it to police,” Wallace said on Fox News.
Wallace noted that his daughters described events that “weren’t as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh.”
He did not share further details of those experiences.
Wallace, 70, is a father of six children. As he told Fatherly recently, his kids range in age from 43 to 28.
“But the point is that there are teenage girls who don’t tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up, and I don’t think we can disregard that,” Wallace said.
“I don’t think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this. I think that would be a big mistake.”
While Wallace elected to mention his daughters to viewers, many mainstream media members immediately and predictably sided with Christine Blasey Ford, who testified Thursday about sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The media at that point had not yet heard the Supreme Court nominee’s response to the charges on Thursday.
“I mean, half of America is crying because they know. You can feel it. It makes your skin — just makes your hair stand up on your arms, that this woman has been living with that laughter in her head for 36 years,” former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne said on “MSNBC Live.”
“I just think it’s unconscionable that [Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck] Grassley [R-Iowa] is putting her through this, that the Republicans have not figured out a different way to handle this situation, and they should have had an FBI investigation, and this nomination should have been pulled,” Alksne added.
Meanwhile, Republicans and President Donald Trump have questioned Ford’s credibility.
It was not until recent weeks that she came forward publicly with her allegation.
Clearly, she did not talk to her family or police in the immediate aftermath of the alleged incident, all those decades ago.
“Advocates for sexual assault survivors have noted that many victims choose to wait to come forward or never disclose their experiences at all,” The Hill noted.
See more about Wallace’s comments in the video below.