Wash. Post reporter: Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge is the kind of person you might describe as a men's rights activist

MSNBC host Ali Velshi: Judge has “advocated for a 'ambiguous middle ground when it comes to consent' and what he called 'the wonderful beauty of uncontrollable male passion'”

From the September 19 edition of MSNBC Live with Velshi and Ruhle:

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ALI VELSHI (CO-HOST): We're starting to learn more about Mark Judge. He's the third person that Professor Christine Blasey Ford alleges was in the room when she says Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Judge says the situation that Ford alleges never happened, but I want to take a look at who this guy Mark Judge is. He and Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep together, graduating in the early 1980s. In an interview with The New York Times, Judge sites their private school experiences and Catholic upbringing to dispute Professor Ford's allegations saying something like that, a drunken assault at a party, would stick out. But Judge's own writings recount hazy drunken partying including a bachelor party featuring a music teacher, students chugging beer, and all of them being, “entertained by the stripper.” His other book, entitled Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk talk about a “Bart O'Kavanaugh” getting drunk and vomiting in the backseat of a car, leading to speculation that the passage uses a pseudonym for Brett Kavanaugh. 

And Judge's high school yearbook quote appears to endorse violence against women and at least one other caption in the yearbook seems to make light of the issue, all things Judge would have had control over as the yearbook's caption editor. Later in life according to Judge, he found the error of his ways getting sober, getting back into religion and briefly teaching at Georgetown University, but he also advocated for a “ambiguous middle ground when it comes to consent” and what he called “the wonderful beauty of uncontrollable male passion.” It's the discrepancy in Judge's defense of Kavanaugh that they were good Catholic private school boys just playing sports and doing school work against his other writings about the same time where Judge says he drank heavily, “lusted after girls,” and his views on how men should treat women. 


VELSHI: He's a guy who has written a lot about women, and he has expressed what he thinks women's role in society is. What's the Cliffs Notes version of this? 

AVI SELK (REPORTER, THE WASHINGTON POST): The Cliffs Notes is he's never used the words, but he's the type of person that are sometimes referred to disparagingly as men's rights activists. He writes about his notion of femininity and masculinity, whereas masculinity is like a man being a man, that quote about unbridled male passion, he's a fan of, you know, movie scenes of guys, you know, violently taking women and doing things to them. 


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