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One of the 64 women who backed Kavanaugh in open letter now appears to be backing off

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Brett Kavanaugh is having quite a week.

The latest? One of the 64 women who signed onto the (in)famous letter of support for Kavanaugh that appeared almost instantly after Christine Blasey Ford made her allegations against the beleaguered SCOTUS nom is more or less backing away from her endorsement.

According to The New York Times, the woman, Renate Schroeder Dolphin, who was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Georgetown Prep, was taken aback by a statement Kavanaugh made in his high school yearbook in which he referred to himself as a “Renate Alumnius [sic]”:

This month, Renate Schroeder Dolphin joined 64 other women who, saying they knew Judge Kavanaugh during their high school years, signed a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination. The letter stated that “he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

When Ms. Dolphin signed the Sept. 14 letter, she wasn’t aware of the “Renate” yearbook references on the pages of Judge Kavanaugh and his football teammates.

“I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago,” Ms. Dolphin said in a statement to The New York Times. “I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”

And Kavanaugh’s name-drop doesn’t appear to be an innocent shout-out, at least according to Kavanaugh’s and Dolphin’s former classmates:

Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s classmates say the mentions of Renate were part of the football players’ unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests.

“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said Sean Hagan, a Georgetown Prep student at the time, referring to Judge Kavanaugh and his teammates. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”

A very clear picture of Brett Kavanaugh is now emerging — one that’s in stark contrast to his carefully crafted public persona (i.e., he’s just another entitled asshole who thought it was funny to treat girls and women like dirt, and assumed he’d never be held accountable for it).

But he’s finding out now that no Christmas is coming …


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