Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago, is hitting back at conservative Ed Whelan for suggesting she mistook the judge for someone else.
Ford has said she was just 15 years old when a stumbling drunk 17-year-old Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a pool party in 1982.
Whelan is facing backlash for wildly speculating about what happened the night Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her.
Whelan laid out his theory on Twitter, claiming Kavanaugh is a victim of mistaken identity and posting a picture of a classmate he claims Ford mixed up with the judge. Whelan even named the individual, prompting outrage.
He has since apologized in a statement posted on social media.
"I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate," he wrote. "I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake."
I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh's Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 21, 2018
Ford shut down the theory Thursday, saying that she socialized with both Kavanaugh and the other student and would never mix them up.
"There is zero chance that I would confuse them," Ford told The Washington Post in a statement.
For his part, Kavanaugh calls the allegations by Ford "completely false."
Meanwhile, President Trump chimed in on the Kavanaugh situation on Twitter Friday, writing that if the allegations were "as bad as [Ford] says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents."