Fox News Hosts Respond With Empathy To Christine Blasey Ford's Emotional Testimony

"I've been schooled by my daughters on this subject."

Before and as professor Christine Blasey Ford shared her emotional testimony on Thursday, Fox News host Chris Wallace stressed both her apparent credibility and how survivors of sexual assault around the country were hearing their own stories echoed in Ford's allegations.

Prior to Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary committee, Wallace said that like many Americans, his family had spent time throughout the week discussing the sexual assault allegations brought forward by Ford against Kavanaugh. (Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and is expected to deny them again on Thursday afternoon.) 

"Two of my daughters have told me stories that I have never heard before about things that happened to them in high school," Wallace said. "They hadn't told their parents. I don't know if they told their friends, certainly, they never reported it to police, they weren't as serious as the allegations against Kavanaugh. But the point is: there are teenaged girls that don't tell stories to a lot of people and then it comes up. I don't think we can disregard that, I don't think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this."

Ford, who first contacted The Washington Post about her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh in July, never spoke about the incident in specifics until she was well into adulthood. Many supporters of Ford have pointed to this as evidence that she may be fabricating her story or not telling the truth. 

Ford's allegations were submitted to members of Congress and The Washington Post tip line before Kavanaugh had been nominated as the next justice on the Supreme Court, but as his name began floating around as a potential nominee. She also took a lie detector test administered by a former FBI agent, all while hoping to keep her identity confidential.

However, after Sen. Dianne Feinstein made a vague announcement that she had submitted a set of allegations against Kavanaugh to the FBI, the press began investigating. In mid-September, The Intercept reported on a leak that Feinstein had a letter describing an alleged assault against Kavanaugh from high school. As Dr. Ford watched her own story slowly covered in the press, journalists began showing up at her home and at her work. Ford began to expect her name would be exposed, and so she came forward — on the record — to The Washington Post

 After the first part of Ford's testimony came to a close on Thursday, Wallace and co-host Bret Baier were back on the air and, once again, seemed moved by the words of Dr. Ford.

"Anybody can be critical or not, but it is totally a different thing after you hear it," Baier said of her moving testimony.

"This was extremely emotional, extremely raw and extremely credible," Wallace added. "Nobody could listen to her deliver those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had on her life and not have your heart go out to her. She obviously was traumatized by an event."

Wallace even pushed back on the idea that the gaps in her memory that Ford admitted to during her testimony were evidence of inaccuracy. Instead, he said they were common among victims of sexual assault: "I've been schooled by my daughters on this subject."

Ford says she remembers an incident where Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to drunkenly force himself upon her when the two were teenagers. Ford says she attempted to scream for help and alleges that Kavanaugh covered her mouth as he groped her and tried to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh denies her allegations.

Since Ford came forward, two other women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. One woman, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken interaction when the two were freshmen at Yale. Another woman, Julie Swetnick, sent a sworn affidavit through her lawyer Michael Avenatti that Kavanaugh engaged in "abusive" behavior towards girls and "not taking 'no' for an answer." 

After Ford's testimony finishes, Kavanaugh will testify in front of the Senate regarding the allegations. As of Thursday afternoon, a vote to confirm him as the next Supreme Court justice was still scheduled for Friday. 

Cover image via Michael Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS.

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