Trump rallies GOP in Kansas after Kavanaugh's confirmation

07 October, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell of Ky. left walks out of his office on Capitol Hill Wednesday

The final Senate vote held just before 4pm and the judge passed 50-48, with a slim margin of just two votes, leading to a whole host of stars and popular accounts revealing their thoughts.

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

The vote today followed Friday's decision to end debate on the nominee, who had been accused of sexual misconduct by several women when he was in high school and college.

The new profile of the court immediately makes Trump a consequential president, for all of the chaos and discord that rages around his White House, and means his legacy will include an achievement that eluded previous Republican presidents - all of whom had more authentic conservative credentials.

Protesters stormed the stairs of the Supreme Court on Saturday to protest the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

"Confirming Brett Kavanaugh in the face of credible allegations of sexual assault that were not thoroughly investigated, and his belligerent, partisan performance.undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court". Why are they voting again Saturday, and what happens after that?

Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who had been on the fence for months, announced her support for the judge in a 45-minute speech on the Senate floor.

Trump said the protesters were not genuine, but had been paid by liberal political donors and that his party would prevail in November when one-third of the Senate seats and all House seats will be up for election.




Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential election of sexual misconduct, tweeted his approval of the Senate vote on Friday, saying, "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!". A total of 164 people were arrested in the protests, U.S. Capitol Police said. "Vote him in!" Hundreds of anti-Kavanaugh protesters, many of them women, have descended on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, toting Kava-Nope signs and confronting Republican senators. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life.

"I'm a patriot", another said.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin, and Saturday's roll call vote seemed assured to be almost party-line, with just a single defector from each side.

Both Republicans and Democrats expect the Senate's Kavanaugh decision will be a central theme in the midterm elections.

Trump has been using it to rev up his supporters; at rally in Minnesota this week, thousands of the president's backers chanted "Vote him in!"

In 2018, Democrats hope to ride to a "blue wave" of anger over Trump and Kavanaugh that could flip control of Congress. Democrats believe a backlash against the GOP from women voters could help deliver the House of Representatives.

Aboard Air Force One on the way to Kansas, Trump mocked protesters outside the Supreme Court who opposed the confirmation of Kavanaugh, who faced allegations of sexual assault.

Majority Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Mr Kavanaugh was a "serious scholar, a brilliant student of the law and a meticulous and dedicated public servant". But taking over the Senate is likely to be a lot tougher.

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