The women who’ve accused conservative SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse have a lot of believers. On the internet, the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors has gone viral, and on Monday, there was a national walkout in support of Kavanaugh’s accusers Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. Now we can add another name to the list of people who believe the accusers (or at the very least, Deborah Ramirez)—James Roche.
Roche was Kavanaugh’s roommate at Yale during their freshman year in 1983, and while Roche wasn’t at the gathering Ramirez recounted (the one at which Kavanaugh allegedly shoved his genitals in her face), he gave a statement saying that Kavanaugh was a “notably heavy drinker,” and that he could be “aggressive and belligerent” when he was drunk.
Roche started out by saying, “We shared a two-bedroom unit in the basement of Lawrence Hall on the Old Campus. Despite our living conditions, Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year. We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends.”
He continued, “It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”
While Roche wasn’t close with Kavanaugh, he said he did become friends with Ramirez. He said, “She stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner. As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very worried about fitting in. She felt that everyone at Yale was very rich, very smart and very sophisticated and that as a Puerto Rican woman from a less privileged background she was an outsider. Her response was to try hard to make friends and get along.”
In a tweet from reporter Wayne Freedman, it was revealed that Roche said he has no political agenda, but he’s shared this information with a “small number of reporters” who reached out to him “because Debbie has a right to be heard and I believe her.”
Ramirez has said that she was at a drunken dormitory party with Kavanaugh and a few other people when Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his genitals right in her face. Kavanaugh has denied the claim, as well as the accusation of Ford, who says he attacked her at a party and covered her mouth with his hand.
There’s also a third woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, although she hasn’t yet come forward publicly. She’s being represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti.
How many women have to come forward before the Republicans start to take this seriously? Is there a minimum number before the accusations are believable to them? Kavanaugh’s pathetic excuse that he couldn’t possibly have raped anyone because he was still a virgin in college doesn’t mean that he didn’t try to rape anyone. It’s like saying, “Hey, I didn’t try to kill that guy over there, because he’s still alive.” If the crime was attempted, it still counts.
h/t ABC7 News