President Trump called discussions among Democrats about impeaching Justice Brett Kavanaugh an “insult” to the American people and predicted the rhetoric will lead to an unexpected outcome in the midterm elections.
“I think it’s an insult to the American public,” Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for Orlando, Fla. “I think you’re going to see a lot of things happen on Nov. 6 that would not have happened before.”
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Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate in a 50-48 vote Saturday. The vote came after a bitter and highly political battle over the seat, and with his confirmation, the Supreme Court’s ideological bent is expected to shift to the Right.
In the wake of the Senate’s vote, several congressional Democrats, including some considering a White House run in 2020, have discussed the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh should Democrats take control of the House after the November elections.
But Trump praised Kavanaugh as a “brilliant jurist” and someone who was “caught up in a hoax” orchestrated by Democrats and carried out by Democratic lawyers.
“The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats,” the president said.
Kavanaugh was accused of sexual misconduct by three women. The president said one of the women, Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a small gathering in 1982, was a "very credible witness." But he dismissed at least one of the other accusations, from Julie Swetnick, as “all made up.”
Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of helping to facilitate the gang rapes of teenage girls during parties when he was in high school. But she appeared to contradict some of her allegations in an interview with NBC last week.
“It was fabricated and it is a disgrace,” Trump said. “I think it will really show you something come Nov. 6.”