Evidence continues to mount against Brett Kavanaugh. The accusation that the Supreme Court nominee attempted to rape clinical psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford when the two were in high school has rocked the already-embattled confirmation process.
Cristina King Miranda, who attended the Holton-Arms School — the same high school as Dr. Ford — wrote on Facebook about her recollection of the event, and how it was widely discussed among the student body at her school.
This is the letter, posted on Facebook, from a woman who knew Kavanaugh, Judge and Blasey Ford and claims that the attack did happen, that "many of us heard about it in school," and that it was talked about for days afterward.
The FBI should interview her and others. pic.twitter.com/OZmEGP1Q1G
— Jay Bookman (@jaybookmanajc) September 19, 2018
“Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true,” wrote Miranda.
Taken alongside a yearbook quote from Kavanaugh’s alleged accomplice and the nominee’s remarks that “what happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep,” the general tone around Kavanaugh’s high school makes Ford’s account fit well within the broader picture.
Kavanaugh’s unpopularity among the American people has exploded in response to Ford’s account of events in high school. Editorials have been written that lament that attempted rape in high school can follow a person for the rest of their lives. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee vetting Kavanaugh, commented that he didn’t want people talking about what he did 35 years ago.
The answer: busy voting against MLK Day pic.twitter.com/C4xhMZj4Am
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) September 18, 2018
Miranda deleted the post “because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews.” She admitted she was not prepared for the media’s response to her comments on social media and ultimately was not interested in becoming a part of the Kavanaugh coverage. NBC did verify the letter was hers and was posted to her Facebook.
To all media, I will not be doing anymore interviews. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine. That's it. I don't have more to say on the subject.
— Cristina King Miranda (@reinabori) September 19, 2018
“To all media, I will not be doing anymore interviews. No more circus for me. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine,” she said. “That’s it. I don’t have more to say on the subject. Please don’t contact me further.”
But in light of the heated battles playing out around Kavanaugh’s nomination, both politically and as a flashpoint of the #MeToo movement, the idea Miranda put forward matters. If it was something of an open secret — even in the vaguest sense, that Ford was assaulted by Kavanaugh — arguments that she must be mistaken are hard to make.
“My heart goes out to all involved who are now whether they like it or not, facing their demons, which are never pretty nor easy to dialogue with,” Miranda wrote, “but they are necessary for us to accept we are all flawed and ultimately, human.”
Despite her reluctance, Miranda has become one of those parties involved now.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.