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Following articles show how the Conservatives with the aid of TOTUS are trying to put another bad fit for the high court in place at any cost.MA


Trump: ‘This is a very scary time for young men in America’

WASHINGTON — President Trump stands firmly with the accused.
During a Tuesday gaggle with reporters gathered on the White House lawn, Trump expressed his sympathy for men — like his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who have been accused in the #MeToo era of having committed sexual transgressions.
“It is a very scary time for young men in America when you could be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One. “This is a very, very — this is a very difficult time.”
President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday before boarding Marine One for a trip to Pennsylvania and Tennessee. (Photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)
Trump was asked about comments made by son, Don Jr., who stated that he was more afraid for his sons than his daughters in the era of #MeToo accusations.
“It’s a tough thing going on,” Trump said. “You can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes along, and they say you did this or that, and they give three witnesses, and the three witnesses at this point do not corroborate what she’s saying. It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent.”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has been delayed as the FBI conducts an investigation into allegations made by three women that he sexually assaulted them or others decades ago. Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied all allegations against him, describing them as attacks by Democrats to derail his nomination.
At least 22 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct between the late 1970s and 2013. Trump has likewise denied the allegations made against him.
In Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House,” the author quotes Trump telling a friend about his strategy in cases involving sexual accusations: “You’ve got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made.”
Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders have dismissed Woodward’s book as a work of fiction.
Asked by Yahoo News on Tuesday whether he had a message for young women, Trump responded, “Women are doing great.”
McConnell: Democrats are aiming ‘mud and muck’ at Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats on Tuesday of opening “the flood gates of mud and muck” against Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans sought to portray efforts to derail the Supreme Court nominee over accusations of sexual assault in the 1980s as “the politics of personal destruction.”
President Donald Trump told reporters on the White House lawn that he still supports Kavanaugh but said it is “a scary time for young men” who could become the subject of false accusations. He suggested it was troubling that people were found “automatically guilty” and had to prove their innocence.
Trump also said in response to a reporter’s question that it “would not be acceptable” if Kavanaugh had lied to Congress during his testimony.
Democrats are raising questions both about the truthfulness of Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony to the Senate and whether he has the temperament for the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
McConnell’s combative remarks about Democrats came as Trump and lawmakers await the FBI’s reopened background check on the accusations against the 53-year-old jurist. Kavanaugh, whose Senate confirmation has been thrown into doubt by the accusations, has denied the claims by all three women.
The FBI has finished interviewing Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge, who was said to have attended a high school gathering in the early 1980s where Christine Blasey Ford says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. A lawyer for Judge, who has denied any wrongdoing, declined to say when the interview finished or what Judge was asked.
The agency is under White House orders to complete its probe by week’s end but can interview anyone it wants, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Democrats are pressing the investigators to expand their list of witness interviews but have agreed with the timeline. McConnell has said the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hinges on a handful of key Republican and Democratic senators who have not yet fully tipped their votes, including Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The votes from the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.
Both Murkowski and Collins on Tuesday said they are satisfied with the scope and pace of the FBI’s background investigation.
But asked about McConnell pledge to move forward with a vote this week, Murkowski told The Associated Press that McConnell “talked about a vote a last week, too.”
Collins, who was riding with Murkowski on an underground Senate train, smiled and told her colleague, “Good answer.”
Flake, meanwhile, on Tuesday said senators have to give Kavanaugh some leeway for his combative testimony las week, given the nature of the accusations against him. But he also said the judge’s interactions with members of the Judiciary Committee were “sharp and partisan and that concerns me.”
“We can’t have this on the court. We simply can’t,” Flake said at an event hosted by The Atlantic.
The White House aides and allies said Tuesday that they remained optimistic Kavanaugh would be confirmed but frustrated with the delay on a vote. Some thought the drip-drip of new stories about the judge’s college drinking exploits may help their case, arguing that the reports are veering away from the original accusation of assault.
McConnell is expected to lead the efforts to whip support for Kavanaugh, along with senators who are close to the key swing votes. Trump is unlikely to make direct appeals to the lawmakers on the fence, as he does not have particularly close relationships with those senators.
“Hopefully, they’ll have a vote by the end of the week and it will be a positive vote, but it will be dependent on what comes back from the FBI,” Trump said.
Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to “mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane” to ensure his confirmation.
“Is he telling the truth? That issue supersedes all the others,” Schumer said Tuesday.
Schumer said that to assert that Ford went public with her allegation for political reasons is “so unfair, is so wrong.” The New York lawmaker said the claims of Kavanaugh’s accusers deserve a full investigation but stressed that the FBI review should be finished this week.
McConnell said Democrats are intent simply on stopping Kavanaugh’s nomination, no matter what it takes.
He said that soon after the revelation of a letter by Ford asserting that Kavanaugh abused her at a high school gathering in Maryland, “The floodgates of mud and muck opened entirely on Brett Kavanaugh and his family. Out of the woodwork came one uncorroborated allegation after another, each seemingly more outlandish than the last.”
“The politics of personal destruction were willfully unleashed” by Democrats, McConnell said, adding, “This is not politics as usual.”
Among the allegations McConnell criticized was one brought by a “tabloid lawyer” he did not name whose client has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh friends and for which “there conveniently happened to be zero witnesses.” Julie Swetnick made that assertion in a sworn statement and is represented by Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her claim that Trump paid her for silence about an alleged 2006 affair.
Meanwhile, a report released Tuesday by police in New Haven, Connecticut, says Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a man during an altercation at a bar while in college. Kavanaugh was questioned after the 1985 altercation, but wasn’t arrested. The report says 21-year-old Dom Cozzolino told police that Kavanaugh threw ice at him for “some unknown reason.” Cozzolino said he then got hit on the ear with a glass.
A witness told police the man who threw the glass was Chris Dudley, Kavanaugh’s close friend. Dudley and Cozzolino didn’t immediately return messages on Tuesday.
The White House noted that Kavanaugh wasn’t arrested or charged and questioned the incident’s relevance.
Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Ford’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were teens. He has also denied an accusation from Deborah Ramirez, a classmate at Yale, who said he exposed himself to her at a dorm party more than 25 years ago. A third claim from Swetnick accuses Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh denies that as well.
Former classmates have stepped forward to challenge Kavanaugh’s testimony about his drinking. Charles “Chad” Ludington, who said he was a friend of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University and now teaches at North Carolina State University, called Kavanaugh “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.” But the White House released statements from two other Yale classmates Monday who said they never saw Kavanaugh black out or treat women with disrespect.
Associated Press writers Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo, Catherine Lucey Mary Clare Jalonick and Matthew Daly in Washington and Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.

‘The notion that *every* woman must be believed is absurd’: Megyn Kelly accused of victim-shaming Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick
Suzy Byrne 5 hours ago

NBC News landed the first interview with Julie Swetnick, the third Brett Kavanaugh accuser, and while the network’s Magen Kelly didn’t conduct the interview, she had a lot to say about it and the credibility of Swetnick, leading many to accuse her of victim shaming.

The NBC personality has been all over the Kavanaugh coverage and posted several tweets about Swetnick on Monday, including one directed to the woman’s attorney, Michael Avenatti. In it, Kelly questioned Swetnick’s credibility. “Most women tell the truth, but not all do,” she wrote.

Is it possible that we are seeing major cracks in the TOTUS administration radiating from TOTUS himself? It is pretty plain that this administration is as close to chaos as it can get before collapsing yet there is a diehard base that somehow believes this administration is doing great just because it (the administration) has fulfilled some of its goals in trade and public policy. This latest flap over a high court justice could well be another wedge in the ever lengthening fracture of this (mis)administration. Looking at the ongoing lie stream ala Goebbels, we see an underlying undoing of protections that affect all of us (education: tacit approval of onerous financial burdens by for profit schools, EPA rules for air and water quality and outrageous immigration rules and enforcement). Our overpaid seat fillers also called Congress have aided and abetted this mismanaged administration while  trying to convince us that they are working for us. Our task as voters is to replace as many of these neer do wells as possible in order to get us back on track as a United States.  If you are truly paying attention then you will see that this herd of humps have played the blame game rather than do the work they were hired to do. It is well to remember that there is blame on both sides of the political spectrum, so no one gets out unscathed.


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