On Sunday, Donald Trump and his White House made the extremely disappointing yet predictable decision to stand by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, even though he has just been accused of trying to rape a woman in his younger years. As we all know the president has his own history of sexually assaulting women (that he has publicly admitted to), no one should be surprised that he wants to ignore sexual harassment – but one Republican is standing up to him.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, has just taken the side of Democrats and is calling for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to be delayed. Flake told the Washington Post that the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, “must be heard” despite Trump’s attempts to silence her. Flake said:
I’ve made it clear that I’m not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further.”
As Republicans hold a 11-to-10 majority on the 21-person committee, Flake made it very clear that he wanted these allegations taken seriously. He said:
For me, we can’t vote until we hear more.”
Kavanaugh has denied that he sexually harassed anyone, but then again so has Trump and anyone who is appointed by The Donald is highly suspect. Currently, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled take a vote on Thursday so it’s not yet certain how seriously the GOP will take Flake’s hesitance and plea that Kavanaugh’s alleged victim be heard.
In the meantime, Trump is fuming and doing all he can to discredit Democrats. On Twitter this evening, the president made sure to do some of his usual fear mongering to keep his fanbase trapped in the GOP:
Best economic numbers in decades. If the Democrats take control, kiss your newfound wealth goodbye!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2018
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