While the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously, they do not have enough weight to derail his Supreme Court nomination, suggests David French of National Review. If they turn out to be true, he should be punished, but the currently available evidence doesn’t prove anything. Crucial is that the alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford, was silent about this event for three decades. Kavanaugh’s clean record suggests that he is innocent. It is natural that memories become blurry with time. Unless further proof emerges, it would be excessive to condemn him based on a memory that hadn't been verbalized for thirty years.
It is wrong to excuse Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual abuses with the notion that “boys will be boys,” argues Ezra Rosser of The Hill. Even though it is said to have happened decades ago, misdeeds of this grave nature need to be met with consequences. Unlike drug use in one’s youth, for example, which is a victimless crime, sexual assault cannot be disregarded. There is a thick line between youthful mischievousness and sexually scarring someone. If Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is jeopardized by holding him accountable for his actions, then so it must be. Sexual assault victims need to heard. Their abusers cannot simply be left unpunished.