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Criticism Mounts After #Beers4Brett Trends Online Among Supporters Of Brett Kavanaugh



A social media hashtag celebrating the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has gone viral — but some say that it’s in bad taste at the expense of those who alleged the jurist committed acts of sexual assault while under the influence of alcohol.

“#Beers4Brett” has been shared online by countless users in support and celebration of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the High Court. Users have shared images of them toasting Kavanaugh’s ascension from federal judge to Supreme Court justice, and some lawmakers have even gotten in on the act.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) shared an image of him using the hashtag, but admittedly drinking champagne instead of beer.

Many were upset at the subtext of the celebrations, however, due to the allegations that came about during Kavanaugh’s nomination process. Some women, notably Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said that Kavanaugh’s drinking habits as a youth contributed to boorish behavior. Those women alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted them while under the influence of alcohol, most notably beer.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations:

“I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

While Kavanaugh has said he never acted in an uncouth way while drinking, his former Yale roommate said otherwise, suggesting that the nominee misled the Senate Judiciary Committee during his testimony in response to Ford’s allegations.

“I didn’t socialize with Brett. But being in the same room where he slept, I saw him when he arrived at home regularly and I saw him in the morning,” Jamie Roche, Kavanaugh’s former roommate during his college freshman year, said. “And I can tell you that he would come home and he was incoherent, stumbling.”

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