GOP Voters Madder, More Likely to Vote Because of Kavanaugh
- Author: Santos West Oct 11, 2018,
Oct 11, 2018, 1:49
President Donald Trump apologized to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for "the awful pain and suffering" he and his family were "forced to endure" during his confirmation process, at a ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday evening.
Incoming Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends a ceremonial swearing-in alongside President Trump at the White House.
Trump, who was in the state boosting Republican candidates ahead of the November 6 midterm elections, claimed that Feinstein, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had leaked a letter written by California professor Christine Blasey Ford alleging Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. It saddens me. Because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government.
"I wish you could get a little bit more conservative", Trump said to King, who was in attendance at the rally. "I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against", Clinton said.
Grassley's comments contrast with those of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who may be more open to filling a vacancy during a presidential election year, telling "Fox News Sunday's" Chris Wallace, "We'll see if there's a vacancy in 2020". Even the reporter who broke the story said it wasn't me or my staff. Some Democrats have talked of impeaching Kavanaugh, though the process is hard with a two-thirds Senate majority required to remove a federal judge.
The party that holds the White House typically loses seats in midterm congressional elections.
Trump said Tuesday of Feinstein: "Did she leak that?" But critics said Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.
Kavanaugh was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", Trump said as he left the White House earlier in the day for a trip to Florida.
With Kavanaugh on the bench, the court has five conservatives and four liberals. None of the witnesses the women said would corroborate their claims did so, and Kavanaugh passionately denied the allegations. Trump said. "Now was that the worst body language".
Before hearing arguments on October 9, the justices turned aside appeals of a 2017 ruling authored by Kavanaugh on the lower court that struck down a 2015 environmental rule imposed under Democratic former President Barack Obama.
This "speaking truth to power" line has been spoken in reference to Anita Hill, the woman who accused SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment back in 1991; Hill has now had an HBO movie and a documentary glorify her testimony.
As the 2018 midterms approached, pundits and polls suggested Democrats would turn the election into a referendum on President Trump.
Kavanaugh's nomination had appeared safe until Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.
"From all the reporting and the sourcing that I'm getting, this is a moment in history where Brett Kavanaugh could actually ... may lose this nomination, may lose the confirmation ..."