Brett Kavanaugh‘s witness Mark Judge, who Christine Blasey Ford claims was in the room when Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her, was a GamerGate supporter. In a resurfaced article from 2015, Judge criticized Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian, a frequent GamerGate target, saying that gamers had “absolutely demolished [her] arguments.”
Ford testified that Judge had been present when Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her, claiming that Judge and Kavanaugh pushing her into a bedroom during a high school party in 1982. According to Ford’s statement, Judge watched and laughed as Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to Bremove her clothing against her will. Judge has told the FBI that he has no memory of this incident.
In an article posted to the now-defunct site Acculturated, Judge sympathized with YouTubers arguing against “social justice warriors” in the gaming space.
“Sarkeesian has become a lightning rod in the gaming community,” Judge wrote. “After raising over $150,000 on Kickstarter in 2012 to launch a video series, Tropes Against Women, which analyzes video games, Sarkeesian experienced online harassment from gamers, including death threats. The attacks on Sarkeesian are disgusting, sad, and intolerable, and media have spent a lot of time covering her experience of harassment.”
He added: “What the media hasn’t covered in detail is the fact that gamers have absolutely demolished Anita Sarkeesian’s arguments.”
Judge also praised YouTubers Alpha Omega Sin and Repzion for providing arguments against Sarkeesian, calling her a “bully” before saying she will be a “footnote in pop culture history.”
“Gamers keep gaming, and game makers keep making games,” Judge concluded. “The controversy is ebbing, and soon the name Anita Sarkeesian will be a footnote in pop culture history. As for me, I’m looking forward to playing Dark Souls III.”
Mark Judge’s ex-girlfriend of three years, Elizabeth Rasor, has claimed she has repeatedly requested an interview with the FBI. Rasor, who was in a relationship with Judge during their high school years along Kavanaugh, wants to argue against Judge’s claims that “‘no horseplay’ took place at Georgetown Prep with women.”