Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump does victory lap after bitter Supreme Court battle

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms ‘Victory for our nation’: Donald Trump celebrates Kavanaugh’s confirmation to US Supreme Court
Ellis Copeland | 09 October, 2018, 03:48

Republicans are upbeat about their chances of holding on to their (razor thin) Senate majority in the United States midterm elections after the Brett Kavanaugh firestorm and are pointing to internal polling that proves the acrimonius battle for the Supreme Court pick has only boosted the party's chances in the short term and made the elections something more than just about Donald Trump - which is a big deal.

President Trump said allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace".

Wall Street Journal: "GOP Muscles Kavanaugh Through Senate" - "The moment California college professor Christine Blasey Ford finished her testimony about an alleged sexual assault in the 1980s by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans realized his confirmation was at serious risk". Kavanagh has denied all the allegations.

Hirono also said Sunday that her party should focus on the upcoming elections "like a laser beam" despite calls from some progressives to impeach Kavanaugh if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.

That will be a challenge given the ferocity of the confirmation fight and Kavanaugh's testimony, in which he accused Democrats of arranging a "calculated and orchestrated political hit" to try to defeat his nomination.

"The tactics that have been employed both by Judiciary Committee Democratic senators and by the virtual mob that's assaulted all of us in the course of this process, has turned our base on fire", said McConnell.

Sitting down for an event on Saturday with New Yorker associate cartoon editor and humour writer Colin Stokes, the Canadian-born comedian was direct about U.S. President Donald Trump.

Politically, it's a loser, and substantively, it undermines the credibility of the Supreme Court and it makes the Democrats look even more like sore losers than they already do now.

"I'll be the first justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group of all-women law clerks".

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Before his defence of Justice Kavanaugh, Mr Trump said he would not be firing Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, over claims in the New York Times that he questioned the president's fitness for office. "That is who I am", he said.

The president also thanked Senate Majority Mitch McConnell for his efforts, urging him to stand to be recognized. And since that is unlikely to come during the election, the best advice I can give my fellow Democrats is to just put impeachment - in all forms, whether it be presidential or judicial - aside.

Kavanaugh officially became a member of the high court Saturday.

'He's a great person, and it was very, very unfair what happened to him, ' Trump said.

He called the Kavanaugh row "a disgraceful situation brought about by people who are evil", and said that the result was "very exciting". "We toughed it out together".

"The Supreme Court is a team of nine, and I will always be a team player on the team of nine".

Earlier Monday, Trump claimed the accusations against Kavanaugh were a "hoax set up by the Democrats".

When Sen. Susan Collins announced, on Friday, October 5, that she would be voting "yes" on Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, the four-term senator from ME went out of her way to convince Kavanaugh's detractors that he wasn't almost the far-right extremist they thought he was.

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