Gender gap hurts GOP, but Kavanaugh helps - McConnell

Kenny Tucker
October 11, 2018

At a White House swearing-in ceremony, Trump stood next to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and said he´d been "proven innocent" of the sexual assault allegations that threatened to derail him in a Senate confirmation process revealing the depth of the left-right split tearing through American politics. The President's rendering of a verdict on the sexual assault allegations risks further antagonising political opponents at a moment that the "Me Too" movement demands accountability for sexual misconduct.

President Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that the American public wouldn't put up with an attempt to unseat Kavanaugh.

On a positive note for his party, he said he expects the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and approval to provide an "adrenaline shot" of GOP enthusiasm at the polls.

Justice Kavanaugh, 53, brought the nine-member court back to full strength after the retirement of long-serving Justice Anthony Kennedy in July.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Kentucky Republican cited the Trump administration's "extraordinary" success with the GOP-controlled Congress — including a growing economy, two new Supreme Court justices and congressional action to cut regulations and taxes.

His nomination had appeared safe until Ford last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.

Pointing out that Kavanaugh's confirmation was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881, Kimmel referenced the widespread protests that ensued.

His confirmation is a personal political victory for Trump as the Opposition Democratic Party had mounted an unprecedented resistance to his nomination.

He said, "I'm just reminding you what the history has been". Kavanaugh already has been at the Supreme Court preparing for his first day on the bench Tuesday. Before the pivotal vote, several of the women confronting lawmakers in Senate halls were revealed to be high-ranking members of activist groups funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros.

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NOTE: An earlier version of this story mistakenly used an image of Brett Kavanaugh, though he didn't participate in the decision.

"I wish you could get a little bit more conservative", Trump said to King, who was in attendance at the rally.

Kavanaugh says all four of the clerks who will work for him at the high court are women.

Kavanaugh's allies predicted the partisan air around his confirmation would fade.

She almost jeopardized Kavanaugh's confirmation and did historic harm to the Senate confirmation process, but McConnell still considers her a Republican in "very good standing".

But critics said Mr Kavanaugh's demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised questions about his temperament and potential political bias in deciding cases.

Sixty-two percent of voters said that they are angry about the way Kavanaugh was treated by the U.S. Senate, with 42 percent who report that they are "very angry".

Trump on Twitter on Tuesday said he was "very proud" of Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.

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