President Trump Celebrates: Kavanaugh is a ‘Tremendous Victory’
President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, condemning Democrats for what he called a “shameless campaign of political and personal destruction” against his nominee.
To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it an “historic night,” not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh’s status official.
“I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation,” he said to roars, thanking Republican senators for refusing to back down “in the face of the Democrats’ shameless campaign of political and personal destruction.”
Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice Saturday evening in Washington after an extraordinarily fraught nomination that sparked angry protests, nail-biting votes and a national reckoning about sexual assault allegations and who should be believed. Kavanaugh staunchly denied the allegations, but nearly all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.
The final vote took place Saturday afternoon as the President was flying to Kansas aboard Air Force One, and he invited traveling reporters to his private office to watch the climactic roll call, which was interrupted several times by protesters in the Senate galleries before Capitol Police removed them.
When it was official, President Trump delivered a 2X thumbs-up from his desk, his aides applauded.
“Very, very good,” President Trump said. “Very happy about it. Great decision. I very much appreciate those 50 great votes and I think he is going to go down as a totally brilliant Supreme Court Justice for many years.”
President Trump insisted Justice Kavanaugh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that nearly tanked his nomination.
President Trump said he was “100%” certain Justice Kavanaugh was innocent of all accusations.
“I have no doubt,” Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Brett Kavanaugh, in part, because “there’s nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh.” He said the FBI had done 7 background investigations and argued that, had there been an issue, it would have surfaced sooner.
“If there was even a scintilla of something wrong that would have come out loud and clear,” he said.
President Trump said Justice Kavanaugh had withstood a “horrible, horrible attack” that “nobody should have to go through.”
The “radical Democrats” have become “an angry, left-wing mob” and “too dangerous and too extreme to govern.” He urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress.
“You do not hand matches to an arsonist and you do not give power to an angry left-wing mob. And that’s what they’ve become,” he said.
“We have a lot of women that are extremely happy, because they are thinking of their sons, they are thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy,” he added.
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