Megyn Kelly addressed the newly disclosed allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday morning’s Today show, saying that if Democrats “can’t prove it to people’s satisfaction, then he should be confirmed.”
During the segment, the former Fox News host—who left that network after allegedly being sexually harassed by her boss Roger Ailes—pointed out the timing of the allegation by professor Christine Blasey Ford, who first wrote to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in late July. “They’ve known and they’ve had the chance to raise it with him,” Kelly said of Democratic senators, “and they didn’t.”
After Kelly’s guests reminded her that Ford just recently agreed to publicly attach her name to the allegation, the host mentioned that Ford is a “Democratic donor” whose critics could argue she may have “political” motivations.
Though if Ford is making up her allegation “just to scurry the nomination, to ruin the nomination, why do you put another person in the room?” Kelly wondered, referring to the other man whom Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly forced himself on her while they were all in high school.
At one point, Kelly said she “wouldn’t put too much weight on the polygraph,” referring to the test Ford reportedly passed. “I would throw that one away.”
She also speculated how Kavanaugh’s defenders would explain away the allegations.
“If you’re going to argue it on his side, you could say he was ascending in the halls of power, he was getting on the D.C. Circuit of Appeals. She’s sitting there—maybe she had a negative experience with him, maybe he her blew her off,” the host said. “This is what defenders would say, right? She’d been harboring—she had an axe to grind about him and she lays the foundation as a Democrat donor, saying I don’t want—I’m just going with the most dramatic theory in defense of him.”
Moving from that “dramatic theory” to a more “legitimate” one, Kelly added, “It’s been 34 years. He was allegedly 17 when it happened. How is he supposed to defend himself? There’s a reason we have statutes of limitation in this country and that’s because—this isn’t a criminal case—but that’s because memory fades, details fade and it’s impossible for him to prove a negative.”
“Being a drunk, foolish teenager doesn’t mean that you are somebody who necessarily commits sexual assault,” she said of Kavanaugh.
Meanwhile, Kelly added, unless Ford is “completely insane and has made this entire thing up as a political hit job,” then “you have to feel for her” because “she’s about to be put through it.”
“People are going to look into her history, listen, as they should if they are going to derail a Supreme Court nomination about it,” Kelly said. “Is she some sort of proven liar? Has she accused others?”
Kelly ended by saying she just wants the truth to come out.
“If this guy does have a history of sexually attacking a woman, then we need to know,” she said. “And if they can’t prove it to people’s satisfaction, then he should be confirmed.”