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Sen. Sanders releases video comparing Kavanaugh’s and Trump’s response to sexual assault claims

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday released a video comparing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s response to sexual assault allegations against him to President Trump’s, saying Kavanaugh “took a page” from the president’s playbook.

“When faced with allegations of sexual assault, Brett Kavanaugh took a page from Donald Trump’s playbook,” Sanders wrote on Twitter.

The video juxtaposes Trump’s and Kavanaugh’s denials of sexual misconduct, particularly the claim by both men that accusations from women were part of conspiracies orchestrated on behalf of Hillary and Bill Clinton.  

{mosads}”Trump’s charging the allegations from at least a half-dozen women of unwanted groping and kissing are actually part of a dangerous, worldwide conspiracy directed by the Clintons, aided and abetted by the media and international corporations,” a voiceover can be heard saying at one point. 

The video then moves to a clip from Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” Kavanaugh says in the clip. 

The video also shows Trump calling the accusations against him “totally and absolutely false,” before Kavanaugh then declares his allegations from three women “vicious and false additional accusations.” 

Trump said during a press briefing last week that he is inclined to be sympathetic toward Kavanaugh because he has also been the subject of “false charges” of sexual misconduct.

“I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me, really false charges,” Trump said.

More than 20 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, including unwanted kissing and groping. In a hot-mic recording that surfaced during the 2016 election, Trump can be heard saying that he regularly walks up to women and starts fondling and kissing them.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said in the 2005 audio. “Grab them by the p—-,” he added.

Three women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Christine Blasey Ford testified last week about her allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her during a high school party in 1982, at one point putting his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. 

Deborah Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself and thrusting his penis in her face during a Yale University gathering in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has unequivocally denied all accounts, calling them elements of a smear campaign. 

The White House last week opened up a weeklong FBI investigation into the claims, though the probe is reportedly limited in scope. 

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