The co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” verbally scuffled on Tuesday over Martha MacCallum’s Monday night interview on Fox News with Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“Sexual intercourse has nothing to do with the accusation,” began Joy Behar (shown above, center).
“So why’s [Kavanaugh] bringing that in?”
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“Doesn’t it remind you of [former President Bill] Clinton when he said, ‘It depends on what the definition of “is” is’? It’s like, why are you parsing this?”
Answering her own question, Behar then posited that Kavanaugh told MacCallum he remained a virgin for several years past high school for the same purpose former president Bill Clinton obfuscated the fact that he’d had a sexual relationship with then 22-year-old unpaid White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“She asked the questions that I would have asked if I were sitting across the room from [Kavanaugh],” observed Abby Huntsman (above left), defending MacCallum’s widely watched interview.
She was interrupted by co-host Sunny Hostin (above right), who haughtily dismissed Huntsman’s words, saying, “She didn’t ask the questions I would have asked as a former sex crimes prosecutor, I’ll tell you that much.”
Huntsman, referring to her notes, fielded co-host Whoopi Goldberg’s question about whether a potential FBI interview was addressed during the interview.
“He said he wanted the Senate to do what they thought was best,” said Huntsman.
“I thought it was a real softball interview, actually,” said Hostin, jumping back in.
Asked by Huntsman what more Hostin would have asked if she were the one interviewing Kavanaugh, Hostin said she would have asked more about an FBI interview — he has undergone six — and about his “history of drinking.”
MacCallum, of course, did address the drinking topic during her interview. Kavanaugh, though he admitted to drinking as a high school student, said he had never blacked out as a result of drinking.
“She didn’t talk about the fact that his answers really didn’t reconcile with his yearbook entries,” Hostin then charged, also adding that Kavanaugh had referred to a person named “Renate” in the yearbook.
“Renate” is a reference to Renate Schroeder Dolphin, who attended a nearby school at the time.
She is mentioned many times in the Georgetown Preparatory School’s yearbook. The New York Times characterized the references as sexual braggadocio — an allegation that classmates have rigorously refuted.
Mollie Hemingway noted that The Times “hid multiple key facts” in its “yearbook hit,” including scrubbing a reference to Richard Madaleno Jr., a Maryland politician well-known for his anti-Trump stunts.
The Times article addressing the “Renate” references in Kavanaugh’s yearbook, it is important to note, was summarily taken to task by journalist Mollie Hemingway in a scathing piece this morning in The Federalist.
Hemingway noted that The Times “hid multiple key facts” in its “yearbook hit,” including scrubbing a reference to Richard Madaleno Jr., a Maryland politician well-known for his anti-Trump stunts.
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At one point in “The View” segment, Hostin said it was “really rich” that Kavanaugh would sit for a Fox News interview but not be willing to sit for an FBI interview.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has not asked him to sit for another FBI interview.
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Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.