Throughout the tumultuous confirmation process of now-Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, Republicans painted Democrats’ opposition to the appointment as ridiculous, frequently citing Kavanaugh’s breadth of experience and upstanding moral character.
Now that Kavanaugh is safely tucked into his lifetime appointment, Trump supporters are making their motives more transparent. One of those is Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who shocked the audience at a Washington Post event with his answer to what would happen if the president was subpoenaed for his tax returns.
“Then it will be trapped–put into the Supreme Court and we’ll see if the Kavanaugh fight was worth it.”
Watch the chilling exchange below.
If the Democrats take the house and subpoena Trump's tax returns, Newt Gingrich says it will go to SCOTUS "and we'll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it." (audience gasps).
What he's saying is that Kavanaugh was put on the court to defend the President. WTF, man. pic.twitter.com/Sq6vn9rdO4
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 26, 2018
Gingrich’s sentiments are what many Democrats feared upon discovery that Kavanaugh once opined that a president couldn’t be indicted. If Gingrich is right, then Justice Kavanaugh didn’t receive this lifetime appointment based on his merits or what is good for the country, but based on his allegiance to a corrupt and unpredictable president with historically low approval ratings.
Many Americans were unsettled but not surprised.
At long last a little transparency and a guarantee: Kavanaugh is a plant for Trump. The Supreme Court just lost a whole lot of moral and legal authority. Another institution that Trump has corrupted.
— H Wayne Storey (@HWayneStorey1) October 26, 2018
He's saying it out loud but we all knew that was why they shoved Kavanaugh down our throats.#Vote like your life depends on it. Because it probably does.
— Brian Lang (@BrianLangAuthor) October 26, 2018
But why is this shocking, or in any way news?
It was painfully obvious this was the strategy from Day 1 of Kavanaugh"s nomination
— CP: #ImpeachBarr NOW! (@CPinNashville) October 26, 2018
Please forgive me for being Capt. Obvious for a moment, but the surprise of course is not that it's true but that he is admitting it.
— Gazoo (@ejwinder) October 26, 2018
Through the lens of Gingrich’s slip of the tongue, the entire Kavanaugh confirmation saga begins to make more sense.