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According to reporting in the New York Times, while seated next to his wife on Monday night, Brett Kavanaugh claimed “I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect” four separate times during his 20-minute Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum. According to other reporting in the New York Times, Brett Kavanaugh was lying.

For a high school girl, it’s never a good thing to be an inside joke with the football team. I think we all know this because it seems to happen to some unfortunate girl in virtually every high school.  But rarely does the football team take things so far as to create an entire page in the high school yearbook to memorialize their contempt.

The “Renate Alumni” included at least 13 boys who made reference to a teenage girl by that name in their individual yearbook pages. They even made up a poem about her that was quoted by one of Kavanaugh’s teammates: “You need a date / and it’s getting late / so don’t hesitate / to call Renate.”

On his individual yearbook page, Kavanaugh listed himself as a “Renate Alumnius,” suggesting obviously that he had some kind of sexual relations with her. He also claimed membership in the “Wendy Whitney Fan Club” and made reference to Devil’s Triangle, which is slang for a ménage à trois involving two boys and one girl.

The girl in question had actually signed a letter in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court but she did not know until very recently that she’d been ridiculed so prominently by Kavanaugh in his yearbook.  She is now angry and humiliated.

“I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago,” Ms. Dolphin said in a statement to The New York Times. “I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”

There’s simply no way to support Kavanaugh’s claim that he has “always treated women with dignity and respect.” He hasn’t, and we have unusually clear proof of that fact.

He also laughably claimed in the Fox News interview to have been a celibate until after he graduated from college.

The wincingly personal nature of that interview was paralleled on Monday when Ms. MacCallum asked Judge Kavanaugh about rumors that he and his high school friends targeted women for sex at parties.

“I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” the judge replied.

“So you’re saying,” Ms. MacCallum interrupted, “that through all these years that are in question, you were a virgin?”

His face frozen — and his confirmation on the line — Judge Kavanaugh had little choice but to respond. “That’s correct,” he said.

That is not correct. A handsome, intelligent, and Ivy-bound captain of the high school basketball team who is the “treasurer” of the Keg City Club, attends alcohol-fueled beach parties at every opportunity, and brags about his group sexual conquests in his yearbook is not the profile of a 30-year-old virgin.

Kavanaugh is a showing that he is one thing for certain, and that is a liar.

Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com