Why does Brett Kavanaugh keep referring to 'gangs' during his testimony?

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    Brett Kavanaugh
    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pauses as he testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Pool Image via AP)
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pauses as he testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Pool Image via AP)

During Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, there seemed to be confusion, or a repeated slip of the tongue, on the federal judge’s part about a specific allegation that was made on Wednesday by Julie Swetnick, through her attorney, Michael Avenatti.

Swetnick’s allegation was that Kavanaugh had been among a group of young men who, in high school, would spike the drinks of girls at parties before taking them into bedrooms to be “gang raped.”

Kavanaugh’s official response to that claim was, “This is ridiculous and from The Twilight Zone.”

He seemed to refer to the allegation several times during his testimony on Thursday, but with a slight tweak: that he’d been accused of being “in gangs,” and that it was absurd.

The confusion did not go unnoticed on Twitter.

For the record, a “gang rape,” a noun, is “rape of one person by several attackers in succession,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. A “gang,” according to the same dictionary, is “a group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial ends.”

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