(EDITOR’S NOTE, 9/17/18, 1:19 PM ET: This article has been updated to include the tweet of the yearbook from Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel for the Department of Defense.)
Mark Judge, who allegedly helped Brett Kavanaugh sexually assault a girl at a party when they were in high school, included a disturbing quote in what is purportedly his senior yearbook, according to a viral tweet.
On Sunday evening, Twitter account @riotwomennn did some online sleuthing and found several red flags that may help provide insight into how the young Mark Judge viewed women. In his senior yearbook, Judge included a quote from playwright Sir Noel Coward, which read, “certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.”
This quote, while arguably innocuous for any high schooler to include in a yearbook profile, stands out in particular due to Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when he was 17 years old. Judge is accused of turning the music up in the room to drown out Ford’s protests while Kavanaugh covered her mouth, who was 15 at the time of the alleged assault.
In the yearbook profiles for both Kavanaugh and Judge, each one had “Have You Boofed Yet” listed among their sports and club affiliations.
Carefully scruntize every word of Kavanaugh's high school year book to determine if the content tends to support the description of what happened to Christine Blasey Ford
Write your Sentor, fax, email & share the yearbook if you think it would be helpful to Senators. pic.twitter.com/fQBsQoil6O
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) September 16, 2018
The yearbook photo and quote was also tweeted out by Ryan Goodman, a former special counsel for the Department of Defense.
One year after alleged sexual assault, Kavanaugh’s friend and alleged accomplice (Mark Judge) thought it great to associate himself with this quote in their high school yearbook 1983:
"Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs"
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 17, 2018
In her thread, in which she tagged Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), @riotwomennn noted that Mark Judge is an author who has written extensively about his high school days at Georgetown Preparatory School. In one book, Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, Judge wrote about someone under the pseudonym “Bart O’Kavanaugh” who was known for being a big partier:
Shags scored a hit, then handed me the glass. I drank. If you were standing anywhere near a quarters game, you could get pickedeven[sic] if you didn’t want to play or weren’t paying attention.
“So how do you like Prep?” Mary asked.
“Do you know Bart O’Kavanaugh?”
“Yeah. He’s around here somewhere.”
“I heard he puked in someone’s car the other night.”
“Yeah. He passed out on his way back from a party.”
This image of Kavanaugh flies in the face of the clean-cut father/husband/churchgoer image Kavanaugh presented in his confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month. Already, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) has called for Thursday’s scheduled confirmation vote to be postponed until Ford has had a chance to share her allegations with the committee.
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.