America Magazine — the magazine of the Catholic Church’s Jesuit order — is no longer endorsing Brett Kavanaugh after Thursday’s testimony.
In an editorial posted to the magazine’s website Thursday evening, the magazine explained that, after hearing testimony from both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh regarding Dr. Ford’s accusation of sexual assault, it could no longer stand by its prior endorsement.
“If Dr. Blasey’s allegation is true, the assault and Judge Kavanaugh’s denial of it mean that he should not be seated on the U.S. Supreme Court,” America Magazine’s editors wrote. “But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh’s name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country.”
“While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn,” the editorial continued.
America Magazine stipulated that while Kavanaugh should continue to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, it also stated that Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegation was credible despite there not being an ongoing criminal investigation into her claims. Given the conundrum of two credible witnesses giving opposing accounts under oath, the magazine’s editors stated his nomination should be withdrawn in order to preserve the integrity of the court.
“Were [Kavanaugh] to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country,” the editors argued.
The magazine’s decision to reverse its support of President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee is particularly significant, as he is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School, which is affiliated with the Jesuit order. Justice Neil Gorsuch, who President Trump nominated in 2017, is also a Georgetown Prep graduate. However, Gorsuch was never accused of sexual misconduct prior to his confirmation.
Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.