President Donald Trump did a victory lap of sorts in a new interview, defending his decision to stick with Justice Brett Vaughan despite the massive character assassination campaign pro-abortion Democrats and the media took to try to derail his confirmation. Trump said other Republican presidents may not have had the political temerity to stick with someone facing such unproven sexual misconduct allegations.
Trump has said that while any other Republican president would have “abandoned” Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee, he was so incensed by treatment of the judge during Senate confirmation hearings that he “didn’t even think about going the other way.”
Trump, at the start of a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner in Erie, Pa., said that “the easier path” for him would have been to have withdrawn Kavanaugh’s nomination, but he refused even to contemplate doing so.
“I felt that it would be a horrible thing not to go through with this,” he said. “The easier path would have been — you know we have some good people [on his Supreme Court shortlist], they’re all amazing people. But I felt it would be so horrible and so unfair to him, I thought it would have been destructive, it would have been terrible.”
“I thought he was treated very unfairly,” Trump told the Washington Examiner. “This is a person that actually when I chose him, I said this would be very easy, he’s led an exemplary life. I mean, he’s never had a problem in his life, from being number one at Yale and number one at Yale Law School, number one in high school and everywhere, and all of a sudden this stuff came up at the end and totally, you know, uncorroborated.
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“You could see he was just — he couldn’t believe that this could be happening. Remember there was one time when they put something in front of him and he was reading and … he’s reading it and he’s just shaking his head because by this time it had started, this whole deal had started. And he’s just thinking … and I knew what he was thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me.'”
Kavanaugh was confirmed on a 50-48 vote with pro-abortion Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski voting present and pro-life Montana Senator Steve Daines, who supported Kavanaugh, absent due to his daughter’s wedding. All other Republicans voted for Kavanaugh along with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and all other Democrats voted against his nomination.
Kavanaugh secured enough votes when Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin agreed to support him despite misleading accusations made by pro-abortion Demcorats and abortion activists agaisnt him.