You are assuming that you are starting with “all things being equal.” Meanwhile, only 2–10% of allegations of sexual assault are false ones, and those are only made by adult women in a very particular set of conditions by a particular kind of person. Dr. Ford does not fit the profile.

Run it again using that as a base and factoring in how many times he lied under oath or evaded a direct question and I’ll bet you get a different outcome.

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