Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton weighed in on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court with a discredited accusation, and social media was not kind in its response.
"A dog whistle to the extreme right"
Clinton posted a string of tweets on her official social media account Wednesday accusing Kavanaugh of using a term which indicates a legal position against any form of birth control.
I want to be sure we're all clear about something that Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearings last week.… https://t.co/zRinLozUbP— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) 1536758090.0
"I want to be sure we're all clear about something that Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearings last week," Clinton tweeted. "He referred to birth-control pills as 'abortion-inducing drugs.' That set off a lot of alarm bells for me, and it should for you, too."
"Kavanaugh didn't use that term because he misunderstands the basic science of birth control," she added in a second tweet, "the fact that birth control prevents fertilization of eggs in the first place. He used that term because it's a dog whistle to the extreme right."
"When Kavanaugh called birth control 'abortion-inducing drugs,' he made it clear that safe and legal abortion isn't the only fundamental reproductive right at grave risk if he is confirmed," she continued. "Access to birth control is, too."
Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills, and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It's an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)September 12, 2018
"Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills," she added, "and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It's an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society."
"This is a total and blatant lie"
But, that attack on Kavanaugh has been discredited by those who note that he was specifically speaking about a position held by "Priests for Life," because he was talking about religious objections to Obamacare. Kavanaugh was not referring to his specific religious beliefs, nor to his legal position.
And social media made sure Clinton got some backlash for the discredited claim.
"Complete and utter dishonesty about Bret Kavanaugh from Hillary Clinton," responded Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard. "This is shameful and should be called out for what it is."
"How many times are we’re going to have to repeat this? Kavanaugh was very obviously citing the argument of a plaintiff!" responded Alexandra DeSanctis of the National Review. "This is a total and blatant lie, and you’re also about four days behind the news cycle."
"Can you imagine having a President who makes slanderous accusations against people without even bothering to check the facts first?" said Mike Huckabee. "Thank goodness SHE didn't get elected!"
"It seems she waited until this claim about Kavanaugh had been thoroughly fact-checked and shown to be false before repeating it," said Brit Hume.
The account for Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) responded, "I want to be sure we’re all clear: this didn’t happen. Numerous fact-checks have ruled this false and the Washington Post gave it 4 Pinocchios."
Then it added, "Maybe the fact checks she missed were in Wisconsin," in reference to her stunning loss in the 2016 election.