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Hillary Clinton laughs off Kavanaugh's 'revenge' remark, criticizes judge for being defensive
Hillary Clinton laughed dismissively in response to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's claim that sexual assault allegations against him were a part of a revenge campaign on behalf of the Clintons. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton laughs off Kavanaugh's 'revenge' remark, criticizes judge for being defensive

Brett Kavanaugh accused Democrats of trying to smear his good name as a way to get "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" for role in helping get former President Bill Clinton impeached.

Clinton, in response to those remarks Tuesday, laughed them off, according to Politico.

"I told someone later, 'Boy, I tell you, they give us a lot of credit — 36 years ago we started this against Kavanaugh,'" Clinton said at The Atlantic Festival.

Kavanaugh worked with independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation into Bill Clinton, and wrote a memo calling out Clinton's "callous and disgusting behavior" with then-intern Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton also accused Kavanaugh of being defensive during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing -- an odd criticism, considering his only role at that hearing was to defend himself against an allegation that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school.

"I thought it was part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation," Clinton said. She also said Kavanaugh's performance was "out of bounds," and that she'd never seen anything like it in that setting.

Clinton also said at the festival that she believes Ford's story, questioning why anyone would put themselves through the what Ford has gone through for false allegations.

"You have to ask yourself, why would anybody put themselves through this if they did not believe that they had important information to convey to the Senate?" Clinton said. "She said it was her civic duty."

While some view the situation with Kavanaugh and Ford as creating a divisive conflict between men and women, Clinton said she simply sees the scales evening out to be fair to women in society.

"I don't see it so much as some kind of conflict as finally righting the balance, because there's been a tremendous imbalance on women's lives, women's narratives — they've been historically dismissed, condescended to," Clinton said.

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