- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2018

Joseph R. Biden on Friday praised the “enormous courage” of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, invoking the notorious rape scene in the 1972 thriller “Deliverance” to illustrate his point.

The former vice president referenced the graphic scene in an interview Friday with “Today” anchor Craig Melvin.

“It’s important that people understand — and I think people do now — understand how hard it is to come forward,” Mr. Biden said.

“And I always say to men, they say, ‘Why is it so hard?’ How about if you had been abused?” he asked. “You see the movie ‘Deliverance?’ How about if you were the guy strapped to the tree? Would you come forward? Would you want to relive that?”

“I’m serious, I’m deadly earnest,” Mr. Biden said as Mr. Melvin cracked a smile and changed the subject to speculate about the former vice president’s 2020 plans.

The Washington Examiner rightfully notes that in the scene it was actually actor Jon Voight strapped to the tree and forced to watch as his friend, played by actor Ned Beatty, was raped in the woods.

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, has accused Judge Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a party when they were both in high school — a claim the judge strongly denies. Ms. Ford is considering testifying next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite calls for a federal investigation first.

Earlier in Friday’s interview, Mr. Biden said he hoped Ms. Ford would be treated better than the Senate treated Anita Hill 27 years ago.

“Anita Hill was vilified when she came forward by a lot of my colleagues,” Mr. Biden said. “I wish I could have done more to prevent those questions and the way they asked them.”

He said that if and when Ms. Ford testifies, she “should be treated with respect” and that she “should be given the benefit of the doubt and not be, you know, abused again by the system.”

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