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Why Two Men Are Suddenly Claiming to Have Assaulted Ford
Could Result From Same Reasons Which May Have Motivated Accusers
While it's quite likely that the additional women who have just come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of new sexual wrongdoings are telling the truth as they best remember it, and were encouraged to come forward primarily by Ford's breaking the ice, it is always possible that one or more could be motivated by a strong desire to protect abortions rights, which they believe could be ended if Kavanaugh becomes a justice, or by an equally compelling concerns about other aspects of his judicial philosophy.
That's why Banzhaf was able to predict - correctly as it turned out - that additional female accusers would come forward in addition to Ford, especially if they would not have to risk perjury by testifying under oath, and could be vague on the details of the alleged assaults.
Similar, there may be men who are not only strongly in favor of having Kavanaugh become a justice, but are also convinced that Ford is lying, and that her claims are simply an underhanded, unfair, and perhaps illegal attempt to derail his nomination - as many politicians and other public figures have argued.
So, for much the same reason, they might be willing to "take the rap" for the assault which Ford blames on Kavanaugh, especially since prosecution this long after the event occurred is highly unlikely.
What better way to fight fire with fire, and to beat the opponent seemingly using dirty tricks, than to employ equally dirty tricks to help Kavanaugh, these men might think - although, of course, their claims just might be honest, suggests Banzhaf.
Will the manta "believe the women" now have to contend with "believe the men?"
JOHN F. BANZHAF III, B.S.E.E., J.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University Law School,
FAMRI Dr. William Cahan Distinguished Professor,
Fellow, World Technology Network,
Founder, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH),
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