Sanders Calls Trump’s Mocking Rally Speech a Statement of Facts

Kavanaugh nomination has become about politics and power, press secretary says

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivers the daily press briefing Tuesday afternoon June 5, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sidestepped questions about President Trump’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford as key lawmakers reportedly expressed disgust with his campaign rally speech.

“I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Mississippi, questioning what Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee during testimony last week.

“How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know,” Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past.

Democrats are conducting a “full-fledged smear campaign” against the nominee, Sanders alleged during her prepared opening remarks.

Trump was merely pointing out the “facts” of the ongoing saga, Sanders later said.

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Echoing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sanders accused Democrats of seeking to sink the nomination in an attempt to keep the ninth high court seat vacant in case they win control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections.

“This is about politics and this is about power, pure and simple,” she said. “It’s a complete and total disgrace.”

Sanders, like other White House aides, noted Ford admits she does not recall everything about the alleged sexual assault in the summer of 1982. And she criticized the media and Democratic lawmakers for picking apart every word Kavanaugh has said without giving ample scrutiny to what the White House increasingly characterizes as Ford’s inconsistent comments about the night in question.

The president still believes Ford’s testimony was “credible,” Sanders said, but he also believes it is time for the Senate to vote.

McConnell could start the process to set up that vote as soon as later Wednesday.

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