President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 8, 2018, in Washington. Again, that "mob" is made up largely of rape survivors and if there are so many survivors of sexual assault in this country that a small fraction of them can constitute a mob, maybe the lesson we should be taking away is that this is a very real problem that needs addressing.
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.
Hundreds of angry protesters converged on the Capitol's East Front plaza Saturday in the hours leading up to the vote to confirm Kavanaugh. "Watch. A great one". He also acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal column that some of his testimony went too far, but did not apologize for anything he said. "Very happy about it".
"On Tuesday morning, he will sit to the left of Justice Elena Kagan, in the most junior spot on the high court's bench, and will hear arguments in three criminal cases before the court".
During a campaign rally in MS, the president mocked Ford for not remembering key details of the alleged attack, including the date and location of the party she says she and Kavanaugh attended 36 years ago.
Trump continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them the opposition party conducted a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh.
Most of his new colleagues were on hand to see him sworn in on Saturday (Sunday NZT), as was the man Kavanaugh succeeded, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
"These Democrats", he said. And he urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress.
"Kavanaugh's confirmation will leave a lot of outraged and energized women in its wake", said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. "They are only interested in forcing their ideology on all of us", NARAL president Ilyse Hogue said in a press release. "False charges. False accusations". Kavanaugh showed himself to be a severe partisan, and Collins, in effect, endorsed that partisanship when she voted to put him on the Supreme Court.
Graham smiled, he said afterward, because the protests didn't work. "The American public has seen this charade...have seen this dishonesty by the Democrats".
Advisers and Senate leaders had urged Trump not to attack Ford publicly, anxious such a move would anger on-the-fence senators.
"Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" she told the newspaper.
While many Republicans said they were satisfied with the FBI probe, Democrats and Blasey Ford's lawyers called the investigation insufficient. Retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it.
President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to say the Federal Bureau of Investigation report vindicated his nominee and expressed optimism about Republican chances in the November midterm elections, where control of the House of Representatives and Senate could be at stake.
"We'd been trying to figure out how to get the base excited about this election, and nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight", McConnell said in a phone interview just before the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote.
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