McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 08, 2018,
Oct 08, 2018, 1:35
Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation into the Supreme Court Saturday by a 50-48 Senate vote brought massive response to social media, following weeks of political turmoil over the process.
Much uncertainty remains - not least because of the rapid-fire succession of evolving crises that have marked President Donald Trump's term in office - but for now the weeks-long Kavanaugh saga appears to be pushing House races toward Democrats, even as it has given Republicans better odds of maintaining control of the Senate. Many progressives took issue, in particular, with Kavanaugh's victory in the face of numerous sexual assault allegations and made clear their distaste in protests Saturday outside the Capitol and Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh had always been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court pick, and when President Donald Trump nominated him on July 9 to succeed Kennedy, his path to the court looked like it would be a smooth one, with support not only from conservative lawyers and legal scholars, but also from Washington insiders of all ideological stripes.
The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the U.S. body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.
Despite the widespread anger, Collins reiterated during the interview with CNN's Dana Bash that she supported the nomination of Kavanaugh because there was no corroborating evidence to go with Christine Blasey Ford's allegations.
"I would say if we're talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", Mrs. Trump said while speaking to reporters in Egypt during a solo global trip to Africa.
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Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that "nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight".
"It certainly had a good impact for us", and added that the Democrat's tactics "have turned our base on fire".
Two of America's hallowed institutions, the US Capitol and the Supreme Court, became a nexus of.
His confirmation vote was delayed by a week when the FBI investigation allegations he sexually assaulted women in high school and in college.
Liberals fear that by solidifying the conservative majority, the articulate judge could overturn or restrict a 1973 verdict banning state and federal regulations criminalising or restricting abortion, which the right-wing supporters of Trump want. He also knocked the "tiny" crowd on the steps of the court.
Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with several seats up for grabs in November. The judge strenuously denied them. "But what was it that got you to pivot from your restraint about her, and to fight for Kavanaugh at that point?"
Numerous lawmakers, including undecided Republican senators like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, said they were appalled by Trump's behavior, but wound up voting for Kavanaugh anyway.
Trump said on Saturday that the lone Republican to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, would "never recover from this".
The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together. Ford testified before Congress, detailing a house party where Kavanaugh groped her and covered her mouth when they were teenagers.
"Today's vote hurts people", said U.S. Sen.
Protesters against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh demonstrate at the high court in Washington ahead of his confirmation.
The conservative was confirmed as judge.