Just moments after Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a friend laughed as Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party when she was 15 and he was 17, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith responding by suggesting that Ford and the two other women who have publicly accused Kavanaugh are part of a “character assassination” plot.
Let's be clear: Opponents of Judge Kavanaugh are engaged in character assassination to destroy the reputation of a devoted public servant and a loving husband and father. I will not stand by and watch it happen. #KavanaughHearings #KavanaughHearings #MSSEN https://t.co/YaKrXDAAMX
— Cindy Hyde-Smith (@cindyhydesmith) September 27, 2018
Yesterday, Hyde-Smith said it was her “duty” as Mississippi’s first woman in Congress to stand up for Kavanaugh. As reported in the Jackson Free Press:
Her Republican opponent in the November special election, Chris McDaniel, previously criticized her for not speaking out strongly enough in support of Kavanaugh.
As with her defense of Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Cindy Hyde-Smith has sought to define herself as the most pro-Trump candidate in the race, claiming a 100% pro-Trump voting record. Recently, she released an ad attacking Chris McDaniel for his town hall tour, dubbing it an “insult tour” for what she interprets as McDaniel’s criticisms of Trump and his insufficient deference to the president of their party; McDaniel responded that his criticism’s are directed at the party establishment, not Trump.
— Team Cindy (@TeamHydeSmith) September 27, 2018
Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel’s Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, said over the weekend before Christine Blasey Ford testified that he considered her allegations “credible.” From the Jackson Free Press: