President Donald Trump on Monday urged voters and congressional Republicans gripped by Brett Kavanaugh’s dramatic Supreme Court fight to keep their eyes on the clash that will play out across battleground states in November.
“REMEMBER THE MIDTERMS!” Trump tweeted late Monday evening, following a day that saw the White House and Senate GOP leadership launch a renewed counteroffensive to confirm the president’s pick for the high court in the wake of a second sexual assault allegation leveled against Kavanaugh over the weekend.
“The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Acquisitions the likes of which have never been seen before!” Trump also tweeted.
The president deleted that post 13 minutes later, and issued a new tweet with one correction: “Accusations” taking the place of “Acquisitions.”
The possibility that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will fail to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination through the chamber has been a recent cause for alarm among endangered GOP lawmakers in this fall’s midterm elections.
Those Republican fears have been exacerbated over the past week by an account from Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh drunkenly attempted to assault her at a house party in Maryland more than 30 years ago, when Kavanaugh and Ford were both in high school. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, came forward on Sunday, alleging in a report published by the New Yorker that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent” during an alcohol-fueled dormitory party when Kavanaugh and Ramirez were students at Yale University.
Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her accusations against Kavanaugh on Thursday. But even if that panel declines to advance Trump’s nominee, POLITICO has reported that McConnell still wants a full floor vote on Kavanaugh, forcing red-state Democrats into a politically precarious decision ahead of the midterms.
Kavanaugh has categorically denied all charges of sexual impropriety, and he said he received a call from Trump on Monday afternoon during which the president reinforced his support for the judge.
“I know he’s going to stand by me,” Kavanaugh said in a pre-recorded interview on Fox News that aired Monday.