Yahoo News explains: Myths about Christine Blasey Ford debunked

Yahoo News Staff

By Dean Arrindell

Since Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday, accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, she has been subjected to death threats and email hacking, and her family has had to leave their home and hire security, according to her lawyers.

Myths about Ford that attempt to discredit her have also been circulating. The myths have been debunked. Yahoo News explains.

Myth: Students left bad reviews about Ford on a website.

Fact: Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University, and several right-wing media outlets said she received negative reviews on the website RateMyProfessors.com calling her “mad,” “troubled” and “unprofessional.”

The reviews exist, but they were about another professor: Christine Adams Ford at California State University, Fullerton.

Myth: Ford is a major Democratic donor.

Fact: Ford is a registered Democrat, which was disclosed when she came forward in the Washington Post.

The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., reports that she attended a Women’s March protesting Trump in 2017 and wore a pink “brain hat” in a March for Science in 2017 that protested the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to science research.

But her donations to Democratic committees and campaigns were small. According to the Federal Election Commission, they totaled around $80 between 2013 and 2017.

Myth: Brett Kavanagh’s mother ruled against Ford’s parents in a foreclosure case.

Fact: Kavanaugh’s mother, Martha Kavanaugh, presided as a Maryland district court judge in a foreclosure case where Ford’s parents, Ralph and Paula Blasey, were the defendants in 1996.

However, the Blaseys were able to refinance their mortgage, and according to CBS News, Judge Martha Kavanaugh dismissed the case. The dismissal allowed the Blaseys to keep their house.

Ford has been given the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.