On his way to deliver a speech before the United Nations in New York, President Donald Trump stopped to answer a reporter’s question about his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To paraphrase Tammy Wynette, Trump plans to “stand by his man.”
The President stated:
“He’s a fine man with an unblemished past, and these are highly unsubstantiated claims by people represented by lawyers—you should look into the lawyers doing the representation—Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with hm all the way…”
“…I think it could be—there’s a chance that this could be—one of the single most unjust, unfair things to happen to a candidate for anything. But I am with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote.”
“And for people to come out of the woodwork 36 years ago, 30 years ago, and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens, in my opinion it’s political, it’s totally political.”
Watch video of the President’s statement here.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings already drew controversy for pushing forward with less than 10 percent of Kavanaugh’s record made available and charges of perjury against Kavanaugh based on false statements he made in his prior Senate confirmation hearing in 2006.
— FredRock 📝 (@fredrock715) September 24, 2018
But then it was revealed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford contacted first her House Representative who directed her to Senate Judiciary Committee Senior Minority member, Republican Senator Dianne Feinstein, with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Ford was 15 at the time of the assault and Kavanaugh attended a nearby all boys boarding prep school.
Then a second woman came forward and now a third may soon come forward as well. Republican leaders on the Judiciary Committee originally stated Ford must appear before them on Monday or not at all, but later relented to working with Ford to accommodate her needs and pushed her testimony to Thursday.
Now with new allegations emerging almost daily, Democrats requested the testimony be pushed even further back. No word yet on whether that request will be honored.
President Trump’s statement at the UN in New York Monday morning drew heavy criticism online. Many brought the President’s own dubious past.
He’s going to the mat with Kavanuagh because of Kavanaugh’s views on presidential power and the protection he offers Trump on the Russia investigation; any other president is withdrawing the nomination at this point and nominating Amy Barrett which makes the best political sense.
— Steve (@StratakosSteve) September 24, 2018
— Peter Savas 🏳️🌈 (@petesavas) September 24, 2018
“As a sex offender with a history of supporting other sex offenders. I support him. Sad.”@realDonaldTrump
— Diamond Joe Biden (@realDiamondJoeB) September 24, 2018
How hard is it to say, “Raping is bad”?
— Rogue Ivanka 👠👜 (@IvankaRogue) September 24, 2018
— Betty Miller (@curlybettys) September 24, 2018
In a review of several news organizations’ reports on the President’s comments, support for Trump or Kavanaugh is virtually nonexistent even on the President’s favorite network, Fox News as the following shows.