White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that Christine Blasey Ford, who on Sunday publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were in high school, should “absolutely” testify before the Senate and “should be heard.”
Ford is willing to speak under oath about the incident, her attorney, Debra Katz, said Monday.
“Let me be very clear on behalf of the president, with whom I’ve spoken at length about this,” Conway told reporters at the White House when asked if Ford should testify. “She should not be ignored or insulted. She should be heard.”
But this isn’t a sentiment that Conway seems to share about the more than 20 women who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against her boss, President Donald Trump.
In February, when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed congressional hearings into the allegations, Conway said Trump’s accusers “have had their day” and “were trotted out again” in the wake of the Me Too movement.
Trump has repeatedly denigrated the women, including mocking their physical appearance. He also has attacked and tried to diminish the credibility of other women who have spoken about sexual assault claims against prominent men, including some who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) of molestation and forced kissing.
Conway said in November that the White House was very concerned about the allegations.
“Whatever the facts end up being, the premise, of course, the principle, the incontrovertible principle, is that there is no Senate seat worth more than a child,” Conway said of the accusations against Moore, which included that he molested teenage girls when he was in his 30s. “I have three daughters and a son, frankly, and we all are watching this.”
But the White House later stood by Moore’s candidacy, and Trump endorsed him.
Conway also said Monday in a “Fox and Friends” interview that Ford’s testimony “should not unduly delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh.” The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Thursday.
Through statements from the White House, Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations. The White House reiterated those denials on Monday.