The weekly Catholic news magazine America has retracted its endorsement of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The outlet’s editorial board admitted that after Thursday’s hearing about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against the judge, the magazine can no longer confidently endorse Kavanaugh.
“Evaluating the credibility of these competing accounts is a question about which people of good will can and do disagree. The editors of this review have no special insight into who is telling the truth,” the board wrote.
The board previously endorsed Trump’s pick, writing that “anyone who recognizes the humanity of the unborn should support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.”
Now, the editorial board says that putting Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court is “no longer in the best interests of the country.”
“There are many good reasons to support the nomination of a qualified judge who is committed to a textualist interpretation of the Constitution to the Supreme Court,” they wrote. “We continue to support the nomination of judges according to such principles—but Judge Kavanaugh is not the only such nominee available.”
“For the good of the country and the future credibility of the Supreme Court in a world that is finally learning to take reports of harassment, assault and abuse seriously, it is time to find a nominee whose confirmation will not repudiate that lesson,” they added.