UPDATED to note Kevin Jackson has been terminated: Fox News has fired contributor Kevin Jackson after he launched a scathing Twitter rant Thursday in which he used crude language to attack the credibility of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, calling them “lying skanks.”
The news network condemned the remarks as “reprehensible” and that Jackson has been terminated.
“His comments on today’s hearings were reprehensible and do not reflect the values of Fox News,” the network said in a statement.
As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee to offer her account of sexual assault at a high school gathering by a drunken teenager she identifies as Kavanaugh, Jackson turned to Twitter to attack her appearance, her academic credentials and her credibility.
Jackson said Ford’s academic credentials — she holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology, a master’s in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in educational psychology — are evidence of how “brainwashed a person can become by #Leftism.”
The commentator appears to have deleted a tweet in which he blamed Ford’s academic struggles during her undergraduate years — which she blamed on post-traumatic stress — on her promiscuity, and remarked, “Dang girl, stop opening your legs and OPEN A BOOK!”
Jackson launched a broader assault on feminism, arguing that activists “want men to NEVER be believed,” before assailing the virtue and honesty of Ford and two other accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, branding them “lying skanks.”
When another Twitter user challenged Jackson’s use the derogatory term for women that implied low-class status and ugliness — a term he’s used more than once on social media, in recent days — Jackson stood his ground, saying, “That’s my attitude towards LIARS OF ANY GENDER.”
Jackson shrugged off another person on Twitter wondered whether Fox News would tolerate this kind of social media “mud slinging.”