Pray for Brett Kavanaugh and his family!
That’s what Donald Trump tweeted at five minutes to 11 ET on Tuesday evening and as it turns out, that was some sage advice.
Because when it comes to this SCOTUS hopeful, the only thing that’s going to save the nomination is prayer.
The Kavanaugh nomination is, frankly, a train wreck. Going into Wednesday, Kavanaugh faced allegations of sexual misconduct by two women, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and one Deborah Ramirez, whose account of an incident that purportedly occurred at a college drinking party was relayed in excruciating detail by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow in a bombshell article on Sunday evening.
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Through it all, The Senate Judiciary Committee has been keen on pressing ahead, going so far as to ignore any semblance of decorum by scheduling a vote for Friday morning, just hours after tomorrow’s public hearing that will feature both Ford and Kavanaugh who will invariably give starkly divergent accounts of an episode that allegedly occurred while the two were in high school.
For his part, Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Kavanaugh’s accusers. He criticized Ford in a tasteless Friday tweet and then, on Tuesday, the President said this about Ramirez:
Well on Wednesday, things got immeasurably worse when publicity seeker extraordinaire Michael Avenatti (who on Sunday evening teased new allegations against Trump’s SCOTUS nominee), released a sworn declaration from a third Kavanaugh accuser, one Julie Swetnick.
Swetnick, it is now alleged, was drugged and gang raped at a 1982 party at which Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were present.
Now that, right there, is a serious allegation.
As a reminder, Mark Judge isn’t keen on discussing any of these matters, but his memoirs mention a “Bart O’Kavanaugh” who apparently had a penchant for vomiting in vehicles and passing out drunk.
Here’s what Brett had to offer on Wednesday:
This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.
In case this needed to get any worse for Republicans, Sen. Jeff Merkley is now seeking an injunction in federal court designed to stop a final vote on Kavanaugh. Merkley claims that his constitutional duty to advise and assist on nominees is being willfully obstructed. Here’s what he told Politico:
The events of the past ten days have only underscored how critical it is that the Senate conduct a careful and comprehensive review of a nominee before giving its consent.
The unprecedented obstruction of the Senate’s advice and consent obligation is an assault on the separation of powers and a violation of the Constitution. The President and Mitch McConnell want to ram through this nomination come hell or high water, without real advice or informed consent by the Senate, but that’s just not how our Constitution works.
In case it isn’t clear enough, Trump and McConnell need to pull this nomination now. As in, right now. This second. Preferably, they’ll see if Elon Musk can build them a time machine real quick so they can pull Kavanaugh last week.
There is exactly no scenario in which this has a happy ending for anyone involved.
Can you imagine how many times this clip is going to get run in a loop if someone else comes forward? pic.twitter.com/QbIodfi3pK
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) September 24, 2018