Trump touts 'historic night' at Kansas rally after Kavanaugh's confirmation

Tabitha Dunn
October 8, 2018

President Trump came close to imitating art at a Saturday-night rally in Topeka, when he told a cheering crowd that "just a few hours ago, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court".

The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday by a 50-48 vote with all Republican senators backing him, except for one who was attending his daughter's wedding and another who voted "present". "I think that the MS speech had great impact", he said, calling it "a very important thing".

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", the senator said on the Senate floor.

Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

After expressing support for Kavanaugh, he posted: "Now what Republicans must do is support those still marginalized by a history of oppression and neglect".

He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators made a decision to back the nomination.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One what message he had for women across the country who feel the nomination sends a message that their allegations of sexual assault aren't believed, Trump disagreed with the premise, saying women "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh" and "were in many ways stronger than the men in his favour".

Bush also reaffirmed his commitment to Kavanaugh after Ford and other accusers brought allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.

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Trump has focused on her signature issue of campaigning for children with stops at a hospital, primary school and an orphanage. But Trump declined to directly respond to a question about if she believed Ford, only saying, "I will move on that".

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When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine. Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.

Wavering voters often move back toward their party's candidates as Election Day nears, and most of the competitive Senate races are in states that voted for Trump by a significant margin.

The moment conservatives have dreamed about for decades has arrived with Brett Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court.

Ms Murkowski had earlier said that although Mr Kavanaugh was a "good man", he was "not the right person for the court at this time" and his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".

He said Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, terrible attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

The showdown over Kavanaugh had echoes of current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 involving sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by a law professor named Anita Hill. Garland wasn't given a confirmation hearing or Senate vote. I don't know by whom.

But the bitter fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation appears to have deepened the fissures separating Congress as lawmakers and their supporters prepare to head out on the campaign trail.

Trump will host Kavanaugh at the White House for a public swearing-in ceremony on Monday, following Saturday's formal oath-taking at the high court.

Hirono added that Collins has spoken to assault survivors, suggesting that she should be well aware of the challenges they face in speaking out after suffering in silence.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people. That support all but assured Republicans of the votes they needed to push the nomination across the finish line.

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