In the wake of accusations from a clinical psychology professor who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school, dozens of women who know Kavanaugh personally and professionally have stood up in his defense.
Caught on video at an “#IStandWithBrett” news conference in Washington D.C. on Friday, one of the embattled nominee’s friends and former colleagues described how Kavanaugh had cared and looked out for her in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that rocked the nation.
That woman was Sara Fagen, a former political director in the White House of former President George W. Bush, who said Kavanaugh’s support that fateful day was “a gift.”
“Our friendship was forged on 9/11, the fateful day when many of my colleagues and I hastily left the White House after being told by a Secret Service agent to run as fast as we could,” Fagen said. “Within seconds, I was in a sea of strangers walking up 17th Street — scared and alone — with nothing in my pocket.”
Fagen went on to remember who was there for her that fateful day.
“I looked up, and there was Brett Kavanaugh,” she recalled. “My colleague took care of me that day. He made sure I was safe, had food and money, and also made sure I got home safely that evening.”
She added: “The days after 9/11 in the White House were long and stressful, but Brett took the time to follow up with me and ensure I was doing okay. For me, running into Brett Kavanaugh that day was a gift.”
Friends and former colleagues
Reports noted that around 75 women attended the news conference, where reporters heard testimonials in support of Kavanaugh from 6 of the nominee’s friends and former colleagues.
Those women included friends who knew him in high school at the time of the alleged incident, as well as former colleagues from his time in the White House, and even a former law clerk who worked for Kavanaugh.
Those women spoke of the Brett Kavanaugh they’d come to know over the years, describing him as vastly different from the caricature portrayed by the liberal media and obstructionist Democrats.
The nation was absolutely reeling in the hours and days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and many people scrambled to ensure that they and their families would be okay in the direct aftermath.
There is no doubt that Kavanaugh similarly sought to ensure the safety of his own family, but per Fagen’s account, he also selflessly took the time to care for and look after other friends, coworkers, and strangers to ensure that they would be just fine in the aftermath of a national tragedy as well.