President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the November 6 elections, Reuters informed.
At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, the President called the Democrats’ attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court “a national embarrassment, a national disgrace.”
“They wanted to destroy that man. Of course, they want to destroy me too. In just four weeks, you will have the chance to render your verdict on the Democrats’ outrageous conduct,” Trump told a cheering crowd at an arena in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city near Omaha, Nebraska.
The President staged a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Kavanaugh, who was confirmed 50-48 by the Senate on Saturday, at the White House on Monday, apologizing to him and his family for the contentious confirmation process. Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 by the Senate on Saturday, with just one Democrat supporting him.
During the Iowa rally, Trump said a Democratic takeover of Congress could allow Democrats to impeach Kavanaugh, a prospect some Democrats have raised.
“The Democrats are even talking about doing really bad things now to Justice Kavanaugh. You know what they’re talking about and packing their courts with radical judges to overrule the will of the American people. It’s not going to happen folks,” Trump stressed.
According to an opinion piece in the Washington Post, the Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Their strategic miscalculations, and embrace of what they once decried as the politics of personal destruction backfired. And the reverberations may not yet be over. Since Kavanaugh’s hearings, the number of Republicans who say the November elections are ‘very important’ has grown by 12 points to 80 percent — closing the enthusiasm gap with Democrats,” author Marc A. Thiessen writes.
Thiessen adds that “the attacks on Kavanaugh have awoken a sleeping giant, and it may not be enough to save the House, where Republicans are defending 25 seats in districts Hillary Clinton won.”
“Democrats have also given Republicans reason to look past their frustrations with Trump’s erratic behavior in office. Millions of Republicans put aside their misgivings and voted for Trump in 2016 for one reason: the Supreme Court. Now he has delivered. It has not escaped notice that he never once backed down in his support for Kavanaugh,” Thiessen adds.
“Even at the lowest moments, there were no signs of wavering, no leaks from the White House that the president was quietly looking at potential replacements just in case Kavanaugh’s nomination failed. At his ceremonial swearing-in Monday, Kavanaugh thanked Trump for his ‘steadfast, unwavering support’. He’s right. The President stood firm until the end, and won. Now it’s time for Democrats to be honest with themselves about why they lost,” the author points out.