Speaking at a press conference held to announce a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, President Donald Trump suggested a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee was a drinker who he has seen in “compromising” and “very bad situations.”
Trump made the comment after assailing Senate Democrats for asking his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, questions about his drinking habits during a hearing stemming from the allegations surfaced by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.
“I happen to know some United States senators,” Trump said. “One who is on the other side, who’s pretty aggressive. I’ve seen that person in very bad situations. Okay? I’ve seen that person in very bad situations. Somewhat compromising. And I think it’s very unfair to bring up things like this.”
Trump, while discussing the Kavanaugh allegations, claims to know a "pretty aggressive" Democratic senator he's seen in "very bad situations … somewhat compromising" pic.twitter.com/mkJ5tbO7iu
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) October 1, 2018
When asked who he was referring to, Trump said he would “save it for a book like everybody else.”
Trump added just now, when asked to name the Senators and the compromising position: "I think I'll save it for a book like everybody else." https://t.co/2CWchdkOuu
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) October 1, 2018
Trump was roundly criticized and even accused of blackmail.
So… Trump is now blackmailing US Senators that disagree with him. Saying that he has dirt on certain Senators that would be considered “compromising.”Just says it outright. And we are supposed to be cool with that. How can this be legal? How????? pic.twitter.com/Kw95NDDTX1
— MeganKelleyHall (@MeganKelleyHall) October 1, 2018
So Trump just went on about having seen some unnamed Democratic Senator in compromising situations and seemed to be threatening to reveal it if this person keeps going after Kavanaugh.
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) October 1, 2018
Trump just said at this press conference he was once in a situation where a democrat US senator with a terrible temper did something compromising. He actually admitted that, and we await the dismissal from the right that he even admitted it. It was live on CNBC I heard him say it https://t.co/OJru2Ck3zm
— boy with pigtails (@boywithpigtails) October 1, 2018
Others pointed out that even if a senator is a known drinker, they can be voted out––Kavanaugh is vying for a lifetime appointment.
Trump is a lying POS. If he has seen a senator tipsy on occasion that would hardly qualify as "compromising." Besides, if a senator is a known lush and they make bad decisions they don't have a lifetime appointment and can be voted out. https://t.co/K8m6uTu409
— MrsLakey (@VtLakey) October 1, 2018
Trump says Democrat is a drunk. " I happen to know some United States senators, one who is on the other side who is very aggressive … I ‘ve seen that person in very, very bad situations, somewhat compromising." Of course, the unnamed senator is not up for the Supreme Court.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) October 1, 2018
The president’s statement was only his latest jab at Senate Democrats. Last night, the president fired back at reports that he and his administration are limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Kavanaugh.
Wow! Just starting to hear the Democrats, who are only thinking Obstruct and Delay, are starting to put out the word that the “time” and “scope” of FBI looking into Judge Kavanaugh and witnesses is not enough. Hello! For them, it will never be enough – stay tuned and watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
Despite this, during the press conference, Trump did say that it “wouldn’t bother me” if FBI investigators talked with all three women who have leveled allegations against his nominee. He did stress, however, that the bureau must “go quickly” because Kavanaugh has “been treated horribly” and he’s been the victim of a “very unfair” process.
“What his wife is going through,” Trump said. “What his beautiful children are going through is not describable. It’s not fair.”
President Trump to @CeciliaVega on scope of Kavanaugh FBI investigation: "The FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 1, 2018
He added: “This is our seventh investigation of a man who has really––you look at his life, until this happened, what a change he’s gone through. The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations. So I want the FBI, this is now the seventh investigation. It’s not like they are just starting. I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation.”
Other comments Trump made appeared to go further than Kavanaugh’s public statements on the matter.