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The GOP Wants to Willingly Put a Man Who Attended a UB40 Concert on the Supreme Court

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 1, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 1, 2018 |


It is obviously incredibly low on the list of reasons to deny Brett Kavanaugh a place on the Supreme Court, but the fact that he once attended a UB40 concert voluntarily should absolutely be disqualifying.

God. UB40? I mean, of course! Of COURSE Brett Kavanaugh went to UB40 concerts. Is there anything more fitting for an entitled Yale student than a reggae band with a white front man whose most famous song is about drinking enough red wine to black out and forget your troubles?

We know that Kavanaugh attended UB40 concerts now because the NYTimes discovered that Kavanaugh was questioned by the police over an altercation in 1985 in which he and his buddies harassed a guy they thought looked like Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40.

The outlines of the incident were first referred to in a statement issued on Sunday by Chad Ludington, one of Judge Kavanaugh’s college classmates and a member of the Yale basketball team.

“On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face,” Mr. Ludington said in the statement. Mr. Ludington, a professor at North Carolina State University, said he came forward because he believed Judge Kavanaugh had mischaracterized the extent of his drinking at Yale.

He said that the altercation happened after a UB40 concert on Sept. 25, when he and a group of people went to Demery’s and were drinking pints. At one point, they were sitting near a man who, they thought, resembled Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40.

“We’re trying to figure out if it’s him,” he said.

When the man noticed Mr. Ludington, Mr. Kavanaugh and the others looking at him, he objected and told them to stop it, adding an expletive, Mr. Ludington said.

Mr. Kavanaugh cursed, he said, and then “threw his beer at the guy.”

“The guy swung at Brett,” Mr. Ludington continued. At that point, Mr. Dudley “took his beer and smashed it into the head of the guy, who by now had Brett in an embrace. I then tried to pull Chris back, and a bunch of other guys tried to pull the other guy back. I don’t know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and the police showed up.”

UB40? For real?

And in case your ears have never been cursed with it, here’s “Red Red Wine,” which was basically the song of the summer in 1985, except worse: It stayed on the Billboard charts for 100 weeks. That’s two years of hearing this goddamn song every time the radio came on.

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