Is Cory Booker’s Groping Incident Different From Allegations Against Kavanaugh?

Is Cory Booker’s Groping Incident Different From Allegations Against Kavanaugh?

Okay. Donald Trump’s current Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify in Washington next week. Ford is now a professor but back in the early 1980s she accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed during a house party and “attempting to remove her clothes and putting his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. At the time of the alleged incident, Ford was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, she said, adding that Kavanaugh was drunk,” Fox News reported.

Kavanaugh denied the incident.

Now emerges a somewhat similar incident that involved prominent Democratic senator–and potential 2020 presidential candidate–New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. But the main difference is that no one has come forward, it was Booker himself who recalled and write about the incident that took place in the early 1990s while he was a student at Stanford. According to Booker, it happened on New Year’s Eve 1984 (when he was 15) in which he groped a female friend’s breast after the two of them had kissed.

“With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast,” Booker wrote. “After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark.'” The point of Booker’s column was how that moment, and his work on the issue after, had changed him–and his views on women, consent and assault–forever. “It was a wake-up call,” Booker wrote in his Stanford column. “I will never be the same.”

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, accompanied by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Some Kavanaugh  supporters are saying the two incidents are the same. But are they?

Booker was the first one to bring the incident to light and he said he did not go any further–and he learned a major lesson about consent. Kavanaugh has not done any of this. So there is a major difference.

“First, and most importantly, the reason we know about the groping incident involving Booker is that Booker told us about it. He wrote publicly about it–and used it as a way to explain how he evolved as a person. While that doesn’t absolve him of his behavior–just because you admit something publicly and apologize doesn’t mean you didn’t do it–it does make for a very different situation than faces Kavanaugh,” CNN editor at large Chris Cillizza wrote.

And, since Booker is an elected official, unhappy voters can vote him out. If confirmed, Kavanaugh will be a Supreme Court Justice until he retires.