Hillary Clinton Spreads Misleading Kavanaugh Quote on Birth Control — After It Was ‘Fact-Checked As False’

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Hilary Clinton put in her own words her thoughts about Judge Brett Kavanaugh with a statement on Twitter, but her claims have already been debunked by fact-checkers.

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The false idea: Kavanaugh believing birth control causes abortions, calling it “abortion-inducing drugs” during the Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Let’s break this down:

The claim first began when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took aim at Kavanaugh for his comments on “abortion-inducing drugs.”

The facts were debunked:

PolitiFact debunked the facts, calling Harris’ statement “out of context.”

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Harris had cut the video to exclude Kavanaugh saying, “They said” — which was his attribution.

“They said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objecting to,” Kavanaugh said.

Both PolitiFact and The Washington Post dug deep to fact-check the matter.

“They” refers to Priests for Life, a Catholic nonprofit group, which is who Kavanaugh was referring to.

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At the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), asked Kavanaugh about a case on Priests for Life:

“Can you tell this committee about that case and your opinion there?”

Kavanaugh’s response:

“That was a group that was being forced to provide a certain kind of health coverage over their religious objection to their employees, and under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the question was first, was this a substantial burden on the religious exercise? And it seemed to me quite clearly it was. It was a technical matter of filling out a form, in that case with — that — they said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were — as a religious matter, objected to.”

As The Post pointed out, “Harris’s decision to snip those crucial words from her first post on the video is certainly troubling.”

After leaving out the key part of the clip originally, Harris tweeted the full video a day later.

Clinton’s tweet:

Clinton decided to tweet about the issue a week too late — a week after the facts had already been debunked.

She also accused Kavanaugh of using “a dog whistle to the extreme right”:

People didn’t shy away from calling Clinton out:

So, what now?

The final ruling found that Harris’ video failed to leave out the important attribution of “They say,” which shows the statement was not Kavanaugh’s personal view on the matter.

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As The Post said, “She [Harris] earns Four Pinocchios — and her fellow Democrats should drop this talking point.”

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