GOP woman on Kavanaugh allegations: 'What boy hasn’t done this in high school?'

A panel of five Republican women in Florida joined CNN this week to defend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

Christine Blasey Ford went public last Sunday with an allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a high school party in the 1980s and covered her mouth to muffle her screams.

The women interviewed by CNN offered multiple defenses for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE's pick for the Supreme Court, who has flatly denied Ford's allegations.

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“How can we believe the word of a woman of something that happened 36 years ago. This guy has an impeccable reputation. There is nobody that has spoken ill will about him,” said Lourdes Castillo de la Peña, one of the defenders.

“But in the grand scheme of things, my goodness, there was no intercourse. There was maybe a touch. Really? Thirty-six years later she’s still stuck on that, had it happened?” Irina Villarino added.

“I mean, we’re talking about a 15-year-old girl, which I respect. I’m a woman. I respect. But we’re talking about a 17-year-old boy in high school with testosterone running high. Tell me, what boy hasn’t done this in high school?” Gina Sosa asked.

The women also said that even if the allegation is true, they’d support Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.

“As long as that’s an isolated incident, yes … If the person made a mistake and they’ve moved on and they have been a good human being, who are we to judge?” Castillo de la Peña said.

The defenses the women offered reflect the support Kavanaugh has among Republicans.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday found that his support with registered voters is underwater, with 38 percent opposing his confirmation, while 34 percent support it. But 73 percent of Republicans support his nomination, compared to only 4 percent who oppose it.

Ford's lawyers said Saturday that she would testify next week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, though negotiations about the exact date and conditions for the hearing remain ongoing.

Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate and can only afford one defection if the Democratic caucus unanimously votes against the confirmation.