The headlines of the last three weeks have centered around Brett Kavanaugh’s road to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh made it through the voting process and has been sworn in as an Associate Justice. That doesn’t mean he’s safe from the vitriol and hatred that fueled protestors who opposed his nomination. Far from it.
On Saturday, a writer for CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” tweeted her thoughts on the matter.
“Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life,” Ariel Dumas posted.
Dumas wasn’t expecting the onslaught of criticism she received. After the tweet gained momentum, she made her account private. Yet the message had already gone viral. It has since been deleted, and her account is again public.
All of the negative attention forced Dumas into a public apology. She had meant for the remark to be sarcastic, she claims.
The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally. The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it.
— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) October 7, 2018
“The last couple of weeks have been hard for the country and for me personally,” Dumas wrote. “The complexity of frustration, anger and sadness can’t be accurately conveyed on twitter, and I regret my tone-deaf attempt at sarcasm in the wake of it.”
While her actual comment was what drew most of the intention, she had pushed the matter further in a way that didn’t appear sarcastic.
“Dumas previously had quoted news analysis pieces criticizing Kavanaugh for saying the accusations had ‘destroyed’ him, including a piece that observed, ‘the bar for a man’s ruin is, apparently, quite low’,” Fox writes.
CBS has stuck by Dumas during this brief bit of bad publicity for the network. Her apology, they feel, is sincere.
Dumas is one of Colbert’s political writers. She writes content that’s meant to push political buttons.
“Brett Kavanaugh is 100% gonna ask Justice Sotomayor to fetch him coffee,” she tweeted Saturday.
She’s satirized Kavanaugh in long-form journalism, too. “It is not automatically a moral achievement to be a son, a husband, a dad,” She wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “It is biology, a legal decision, and biology again. Plenty of a–holes are all three.”
I don't know much about Kavanaugh, but I'm skeptical because his name is Brett. https://t.co/ejtd4r5LsN
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 11, 2018
Colbert has made Kavanaugh a go-to target since his nomination seemed certain. He even mocked Kavanaugh’s first name, noting that Brett “sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday’s.”
If he's so damn smart, why is he so dumb? https://t.co/h1H9OQlDNR
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) October 3, 2018