Sen. Orrin Hatch Calls Christine Blasey Ford ‘Attractive’ and ‘Pleasing’ — and Twitter Reacts


Senator Orrin Hatch drew criticism for calling Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “attractive” and “pleasing.” The senator made this comment when Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.


When asked if he found Ford credible, the Republican senator from Utah said, according to ABC News, “Well, it’s too early to say. I don’t think she’s un-credible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness, but it’s way early.”

A reporter asked, “What do you mean by attractive, sir?”

Hatch replied, “Oh. In other words, she’s pleasing.”

Ford, a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, claims that Kavanaugh, 53, sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, where he allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Asked if he believes Dr. Ford, Sen. Orrin Hatch says, “I don’t find her un-credible. I think she’s an attractive, good witness.”

Matt Whitlock, Hatch’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, tweeted, “Hatch uses ‘attractive’ to describe personalities, not appearances. If you search his past quotes you’ll see he’s used it consistently for years for men and women he believed has compelling personalities.”

Twitter users were quick to react to Hatch’s choice of words.


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