Yale Students Protest as More Allegations Surface Regarding Brett Kavanaugh


A second woman has come out with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In addition to the claims of Christine Blasley Ford, Yale Law alumna Debbie Ramirez has come forward with additional accusations.

With multiple accusations now looming over Kavanaugh, over two-hundred Yale Law students came together to protest against the alumnus.

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Students Speak Out

While some Yale alumni may have supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, it seems many students don’t.

Hundreds of students wore black and attended sit-ins at the prestigious law school this week. Over 30 classes were cancelled to facilitate the protests in which students demanded a full investigation of Kavanaugh. Additionally, another group of students traveled to the Washington D.C. to demonstrate at the Supreme Court and Senate buildings.

Fifty faculty members also signed a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to conduct “a fair and deliberate confirmation process.”

Alumnae Show Support for New Accuser

In addition to the student protestors, over 600 Yale alumnae have come together to show support for Ramirez. The women, all of whom have graduated from the school, have signed a letter standing by Kavanaugh’s accuser.

“We are coming forward as women of Yale because we have a shared experience of the environment that shaped not only Judge Kavanaugh’s life and career, but our own,” read the open letter.

While the letter does not confirm the allegations of Ramirez, the women say they stand with both her and Ford.

More than 1,000 women that went to the same high school also say they believe Ford’s account.

Former College Roommate Speaks Up

As if the women and students weren’t enough, Kavanaugh’s former Yale roommate has also spoken to reporters. James Roche says he shared a room with Kavanaugh in 1983, he also says he believes Ramirez.

While he claims to have no political agenda, he did not paint Kavanaugh in a very flattering light. He described his then-roommate as someone who often drank to excess and became belligerent.

“It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk,” Roche said of his days as Kavanaugh’s roommate. “I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”

He also added that he was a friend of Ramirez and that he admired her honesty and courage.