President Trump said Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she “never got it,” following Clinton's claim that Trump held a “political rally” that “undermined” the image of the Supreme Court on Monday evening when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in.
“I guess that’s why she lost. She doesn’t get it,” Trump told reporters Tuesday when asked about her remarks. “She never did. I knew that a long time ago. Hillary never got it. That’s why she lost.”
Clinton told CNN in an interview that aired Tuesday morning that she was “greatly” troubled by the ceremony at the White House.
“What was done last night in the White House was a political rally. It further undermined the image and integrity of the court. That troubles me greatly,” Clinton said.
“It saddens me because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government. So I don’t know how people are going to react to it. I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against,” she added.
The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh by a 50-48 margin, following a contentious confirmation process during which Kavanaugh had been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Kavanaugh emphatically denied all allegations leveled against him.
Trump declared Monday that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent,” although an FBI supplemental investigation was conducted rather than a trial, and apologized to the Kavanaugh family for the “terrible pain and suffering” they experienced during the confirmation process.
“Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception,” Trump said during the White House event. “What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. And with that, I must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”