Kavanaugh incorrectly suggests legal for him to drink in high school

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, had an unusual interview with Fox News on Monday in an attempt to defend the Supreme Court nominee’s reputation amid allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.

As the backdrop to these allegations, Kavanaugh has been portrayed as an eager participant in a hard-partying culture at his elite all-boys high school, Georgetown Preparatory, and as a college student at Yale University, where he was a member of a fraternity and an all-male secret society, Truth and Courage, nicknamed “Tit and Clit.”

Both women have said Kavanaugh was intoxicated when the alleged misconduct occurred.

At one point during the Monday interview, Kavanaugh addressed Georgetown Prep’s drinking culture.

“Yes, there were parties, and yes, the drinking age was 18,” Kavanaugh told the Fox host Martha MacCallum. “And yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion. And people generally in high school — I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit.”

But Maryland’s minimum legal drinking age for beer and wine was changed to 21 from 18 in July 1982, during the summer before Kavanaugh’s senior year. It was already 21 for hard liquor.

Residents who had turned 18 by that time were grandfathered in and allowed to drink legally. Kavanaugh was 17 at the time.

In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act made the minimum legal drinking age 21 nationwide.

Kavanaugh insisted during the interview that he never drank so much that he could not recall what happened.

Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor of psychology, has said Kavanaugh locked her in a room, pinned her to a bed, groped her, and covered her mouth to mask her screams during a house party when she was 15 and he was 17.

Deborah Ramirez, who was classmates with Kavanaugh at Yale, has said he exposed himself to her at a party there during the 1983-84 school year.

James Roche, Kavanaugh’s college roommate, told The New Yorker he remembered Kavanaugh being “frequently, incoherently drunk” and said it was plausible that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez while inebriated.

“Is it believable that she was alone with a wolfy group of guys who thought it was funny to sexually torment a girl like Debbie? Yeah, definitely,” Roche said, referring to Ramirez, whom he described as a close friend in college. “Is it believable that Kavanaugh was one of them? Yes.”

Kavanaugh has denied both women’s allegations, describing them in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday as “smears, pure and simple” and “grotesque and obvious character assassination.”

During the Fox interview, he said he wouldn’t “speculate about motives.”

“I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford, at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by someone in some place,” Kavanaugh said. “But what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in my life.”

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