(AROUND THE WEB) — Ed Whelan, a conservative lawyer and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, used floor plans obtained from Zillow to question the accusations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s.
By using addresses found in a yearbook and details reported by the Washington Post, Whelan found and posted a floor plan of the home where he believed the assault might have taken place.
In a thread of now-deleted tweets, Whelan theorized that the accusations against Kavanaugh are a case of mistaken identity and that someone else is to blame for the assault, Inman reported.
That person, Chris Garrett, was put in the hot seat on Thursday by Whelan who claimed he lived in the home where the assault took place. Whelan even posted a side-by-side photo of Garrett and Kavanaugh implying that the two men looked alike and could be easily confused.
Whelan has since apologized for his tweets, and according to the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has taken a leave of absence.
“I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate,” he tweeted. “I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake.”
However, the internet has not been so forgiving of Whelan. Memes involving Zillow have flooded social media platforms inspired by his rather peculiar theory.