Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh, says he was 'proven innocent'

Larry Hoffman
October 9, 2018

She said her work email account was hacked "and messages were sent out supposedly recanting my description of the sexual assault".

Both parties contend the new contours of the race will energize their supporters in the election's final stretch.

Republicans, however, may benefit most in the short term.

Monday's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House wrapped up a dramatic confirmation process that lasted one day shy of three months - and put the #MeToo movement front and center after professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward and testified, alleging Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her when the two were Maryland teens. Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker; Kavanaugh steadfastly denied her allegations.

Looking ahead, McConnell said Democrats certainly "could" refuse to hold any nominations of any kind should they regain control of the Senate, but argued it wouldn't be "sustainable politically".

The Kavanaugh nomination fight has left many Americans feeling emotionally beaten up and also raised the stakes for the coming November 6 election which decides control of US Congress - the nation's legislative branch. "A lot of people looked at this as a bridge too far".

The late surge in Republican enthusiasm changes the political balance that was tilting toward Democrats throughout the summer.

McConnell said being majority leader means "your approval rating takes a beating from time to time and that's a good recruitment tool for the other side".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court was like an "adrenaline shot" for Republican candidates in a midterm election cycle that has been characterized by sluggishness among their base of voters.

To be sure, some tightening in the race was likely inevitable this fall. Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Democrat up for re-election in a state Trump handily won in 2016, two protesters started chanting, "Shame, shame, shame".

Kavanaugh, who survived a bruising Senate confirmation process amid allegations of sexual assault in his youth, was "caught up in a hoax set up by the Democrats", Trump said.

Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee - followed by Kavanaugh's at times tearful and at times angry rebuttal - deepened the partisan divide in the Senate and inspired large protests.

"Republicans are the party of law and order and justice".

Trump reaffirms support for embattled Brett Kavanaugh after a fiery hearing.

"She was upset by it, yes, as any woman would be who's the victim of sexual assault who was mocked and belittled by anyone, never mind the president of the United States", Banks said. "I think we have a momentum that hasn't been seen in years", he said.

It's unclear who from the Democrats might run for Senate in 2020.

But clearly the pair do not speak for the 55% of women who told pollsters that they were opposed to Kavanaugh's confirmation, or the 52% who said they believed Dr. Ford's testimony.

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