As of Thursday, GoFundMe pages benefitting Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford had topped $1 million combined. Not since the debut of “Peter Pan” on Dec, 27, 1904 has an audience of strangers clapped louder to show that “they believe.”
In addition to cash, the cards and letters have been pouring in, some from strangers, others from classmates and colleagues. But there was one letter that has stood out from all the others. According to The Washington Post, it began, “As members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family…” But there was an odd omission:
It was signed by a dozen people. But none of them were related to Ford by blood. The letter was from the relatives of her husband, Russell Ford.
Christine’s own parents and siblings — the Blaseys — have not released any similar statement of support. As their daughter and sister has become the country’s most talked-about woman for accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault while both were in high school, the Blaseys have strategically avoided the press. Voice mails, texts, emails and letters from reporters have gone unanswered. Friends have politely declined to comment on what the family is going through.
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The article’s authors, Jessica Contrera and Ian Shapira, say they managed to reach Ford’s father, Ralph Blasey Jr., on Tuesday, but his response was curiouser still:
“I think all of the Blasey family would support her. I think her record stands for itself. Her schooling, her jobs and so on,” he said before hanging up. Moments later, after picking up the phone a second time, he added: “I think any father would have love for his daughter.”
All of the Blasey family would support her? Why the use of the conditional? I think any father would have love for his daughter? What does that mean?
One possible explanation for Ford’s family keeping her at arm’s length was advance on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday by former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova:
Dr. Ford is a deeply troubled person. She has a history of psychological discord. She had a very terrible life at Holton-Arms, it’s a very serious problem. She went to the West Coast for one reason. She had so many problems in that school that they sent her away. She is a very sad woman.
I felt very sorry for her today because of the way the Democrats used her and abused her. …
The claim, if factual, would explain her family’s reluctance to express overt support for her over the last couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, DiGenova doesn’t reveal his source, which gives the remark the flavor of a conspiracy theory, especially in light of another comment he made back on Sept. 19 when he said of Ford:
She — she really doesn’t want to testify because when she does, she’s going to look like the loon that she is. She may very well believe everything she’s saying and that is one of the signs of lunacy, believing something that isn’t real. But her lawyer is even loonier.
It’s hard to take someone calling someone else “a loon” seriously. And yet, in the Democrats’ frenzy to get Ford’s accusations out in front of the American public, her past is an area that hasn’t been explored in any detail. As the FBI moves forward with its “supplemental investigation” of Brett Kavanugh, perhaps it would be in the nation’s best interest if they tried to account for the reticence of Ford’s family, particularly if the goal of this inquiry is to ascertain the truth.