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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/AP)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/AP)
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While some women are crowding the corridors of Washington, D.C., in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh has his female supporters.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Kim Dowdle (@kimfucious10) of Birmingham, Alabama, who supports President Trump and Kavanaugh, but also co-founded Republicans for Doug Jones, the Democrat who successfully ran against Trump-backed GOP candidate Roy Moore in last year's Alabama Senate race.

Dowdle, who is also a survivor of rape, says she believes something happened to Christine Blasey Ford, but she doesn't think Kavanaugh did it.

"I am a survivor of rape ... so I tend to delve in and look at things quite a bit differently than others," she says. "As I did not support Roy Moore — emphatically I think he's guilty — I don't think Kavanaugh's guilty."

Interview Highlights

On why she doesn't believe Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford

"Ford cannot seem to remember any particulars. I can tell you right now that my rape, I was drugged with a drug called Placidyl, and it knocked me unconscious, and there were certain things that you just, as a survivor, you don't forget. The details aren't that fuzzy.

"I do believe something actually happened to her. I do believe she was traumatized. I do believe she may have been assaulted, but I don't believe it was him."

On why she thinks Kavanaugh is a good man even after his Senate testimony 

"If you watch Brett and his demeanor, he's praying for Ford, his children are praying for Ford. That to me tells me a lot about him as a person, and the way that he's raised his children.

"Yeah, there are things in his past. But this man is such a great father that his children are praying for the woman who is just slamming their dad, and I can't even fathom someone hurting my father or my sister or anybody in my family, and may not want to just take them apart, and he's not doing that. So what a better person to have in that office, in my humble opinion, than Kavanaugh. If there's anything that to me is a compass for the way this man is going to conduct himself from a bench, that should be it."

"I do believe something actually happened to her. I do believe she was traumatized. I do believe she may have been assaulted, but I don't believe it was him."

Kim Dowdle

On if people believed that she was sexually assaulted 

"A lot of people didn't believe me. It was frustrating. It was very frustrating. But I knew details. You also remember I was drugged with Placidyl, so I went through hypnotic therapy, and I had the therapist bring out details that were fuzzy that I couldn't remember, so I attacked it at every angle to get the full truth."

On the conversation around Kavanaugh in her home state of Alabama

"I've lost friends over this. Actually if you look at our Facebook page, you'll see one of the people that was in the Republicans for Doug Jones, she removed herself from my life because she doesn't agree with what I believe on this."

This segment aired on October 5, 2018.

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