Chris Wallace — one of Fox News’ primetime hosts — revealed some deeply personal details on the network this morning ahead of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Dr. Ford is currently testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when the two were in high school, while his friend Mark Judge was in the room. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and is expected to testify under oath after the questioning of Dr. Ford concludes.
In the moments leading up to Dr. Ford’s testimony, Wallace talked about how the testimony has inspired courage in his two high-school age daughters.
“Two of my daughters have told me stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school, and hadn’t told their parents, I don’t know if they’d told their friends, certainly hadn’t told the police,” Chris Wallace said. “They weren’t as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh, 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.”
“I don’t think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this. I think that would be a big mistake,” he added.
Fox News' CHRIS WALLACE says in wake of Kavanaugh allegations "two of my daughters have told me stories that I have never heard before about things that happened in high school & hadn't told their parents… I don't this we can disregard Ford and the seriousness of this." pic.twitter.com/5lKaTDo9Cy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 27, 2018
During Dr. Ford’s opening statement, in which she described the alleged sexual assault in great detail, she choked up and had difficulty finishing her sentences without crying. The emotional impact of the testimony appeared to hit hard with many people in the room, as well as others watching remotely. Reuters political correspondent Ginger Gibson, Atlantic writer Elaina Plott, and CNN’s MJ Lee described people crying when hearing Dr. Ford’s testimony:
There is a woman standing outside my office building listening to the testimony and crying. That’s how today is going.
— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) September 27, 2018
Outside the hearing, there are groups of women, huddled over phones streaming Dr. Ford’s testimony, crying.
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) September 27, 2018
MJLee reports that people were crying in the hearings from Dr. Ford's testimony.#KavanaughHearings
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 27, 2018
Each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has been given five minutes to question Dr. Ford. However, the Republicans on the committee have instead delegated their questioning to Maricopa County, Arizona deputy county attorney Rachel Mitchell to handle their questioning on their behalf.
You can watch a livestream of the proceedings on C-SPAN by clicking here.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.