Posted: 10:47 am Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
By Jamie Dupree
Stepping up his criticism of Democrats – and one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – President Trump on Wednesday again denounced critics of the judge, as both sides claimed the other was acting in a ‘despicable’ manner on the Kavanaugh nomination.
“VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH!” the President tweeted in all capital letters, the morning after he ridiculed the testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
After staying quiet for the most part about Ford and her accusations, the President has stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh in recent days, as his remarks at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night were by far his most direct attack on Ford, her allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge, and her credibility.
President Trump on Professor Christine Blasey Ford testimony: "How did you get home? I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember? Where is the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know. I don't know I don't know." pic.twitter.com/WufOLoMa9l
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 3, 2018
I see it each time I go out to Rallies in order to help some of our great Republican candidates. VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH! He and his wonderful family deserve much better.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
Mr. Trump’s Tuesday night remarks about Ford drew condemnation from Democrats, and negative reviews from three key GOP Senators.
“The President’s comments were just plain wrong,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is regarded as one of the important swing votes on Kavanaugh.
“President Trump owes Dr. Ford an immediate apology,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who labeled the President’s remarks “reprehensible” and “beneath the office of the Presidency.”
“This is completely appalling behavior from anyone, let alone the President of the United States,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
Murkowski to reporters just now: "I thought the President's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable."
On whether it affects her vote:
"I am taking everything into account," she said.
— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) October 3, 2018
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who helped to engineer the most recent delay in the judge’s nomination, to give the FBI more time to review allegations against Kavanaugh.
“It’s kind of appalling,” Flake said in a morning appearance on NBC’s “Today Show.”
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that. But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right…It’s kind of appalling.” @JeffFlake on President Trump’s comments about Dr. Ford at a rally last night pic.twitter.com/6SaTLZK899
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 3, 2018
On the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell again blasted Democrats for their opposition to Kavanaugh, accusing them of a ‘literal mud slide of wild uncorroborated accusations’ against the judge.
The Majority Leader again said there would be a vote this week on Kavanaugh – but McConnell has not yet filed the procedural paperwork to ‘invoke cloture,’ and shut off debate on the Kavanaugh nomination.