Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was criticized widely on Wednesday for propagating a deceptively edited video of a comment made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
'Is this really what America wants'
In the very short video posted to Warren's Twitter account, Kavanaugh talks about his time at Georgetown preparatory high school as he addresses the Columbia School of Law.
"But fortunately we had a good saying that we've held firm to, to this day," Kavanaugh says in the video, "as the dean was reminding me before the talk, which is 'what happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.' That's been a good thing for all of us, I think."
"I can't imagine any parent accepting this view," Warren adds in the tweet.
"Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court justice?" she asks rhetorically. Warren was apparently applying what Kavanaugh said to the outcry over accusations that he sexually assaulted a girl at a party in high school. Kavanaugh has completely denied the allegations.
Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.”
I can't imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice? pic.twitter.com/WhL8YeZQ78
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 18, 2018
But while many on the left thought the comments were insensitive, the full context of the video, that Warren left out, shows Kavanaugh was merely making a meaningless joke.
"I, by coincidence, three classmates of mine at Georgetown Prep were graduates of this law school in 1990 and are really really good friends of mine," Kavanaugh said, and named his three friends.
"And they were good friends of mine then, and they are still good friends of mine as recently as this weekend when we were all on email together," he added. Then he made the joke that got a few laughs from the audience.
Here's the video of Kavanaugh's unedited comments:
'Warren is very comfortable misleading people'
Gabriel Malor, attorney and contributor at The Federalist, noted that MSNBC was using the same video against Kavanaugh.
"Like MSNBC, Sen. Warren is passing around a truncated version of the Kavanaugh video, in which he makes a joke about three 'really, really good friends of mine,' in order to smear him," Malor tweeted. "As we know, Warren is very comfortable misleading people. Her constituents deserve better."
"Democrats and journalists are suggesting that Kavanaugh got up in front of strangers to implicate *by name* four classmates in misdeeds requiring a code of silence," Malor added in a second tweet.
"That's why the context is important," he concluded.
"This has zero bearing on whether Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford, and the party of underage abortion and birth control on demand suddenly becoming neopuritans is a tad pathetic," responded Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard.
"As if we don’t all make a variation of that joke everywhere we go," added Ashe Schow.