Brett Kavanaugh Reportedly Only Hired “Model-Like” Female Clerks


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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is currently under scrutiny after Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse the D.C.-based judge of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school. While it’s unclear whether Ford will publicly testify about the assault, new information is coming to light about Kavanaugh’s sentiments toward women.

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In early July Amy Chua, a professor at Yale’s law school, endorsed Kavanaugh, calling him a “mentor to women.” Now, The Guardian is reporting that last year Chua told a group of law students “it was ‘not an accident’ that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all ‘looked like models.'” The outlet also stated that Chua “would provide advice to students about their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him.”

She also told female law students how to dress, so they would be “model-like,” in order to give them a better chance of getting a post in Kavanaugh’s chambers. One woman, a prospective clerk, told The Guardian that Chua’s husband, Jed Rubenfeld, another professor at Yale, relayed that Kavanaugh “hires women with a certain look.”

Chua gave a statement to The Guardian by email, where she wrote, “For the more than 10 years I’ve known him, Judge Kavanaugh’s first and only litmus test in hiring has been excellence. He hires only the most qualified clerks, and they have been diverse as well as exceptionally talented and capable. There is good reason so many of them have gone on to supreme court clerkships; he only hires those who are extraordinarily qualified. As I wrote in the Wall Street Journal, he has also been an exceptional mentor to his female clerks and a champion of their careers. Among my proudest moments as a parent was the day I learned our daughter would join those ranks.” Chua is not teaching at Yale this semester due to a serious illness.

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Yale Daily News also recently published a report about Kavanaugh, detailing the class of ’87 graduate’s activities at the university, where he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In a photo from 1985, Kavanaugh’s fraternity brothers are seen waving a flag of women’s underwear, which the Daily News reports was part of a procession of the fraternity’s initiates. At the time the photo was taken, Kavanaugh was a sophomore and already inducted. It’s unclear whether the underwear was obtained consensually or not.

The Daily News also reports that Kavanaugh belonged to an all-male secret society called Truth and Courage, which was also nicknamed “Tit and Clit.”

In 2011, Yale banned DKE for five years due to videos of fraternity recruits chanting, “No means yes, yes means anal.”


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