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Trump: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Was ‘Too Messed Up’ to be Credible

President makes strongest statement yet against Supreme Court nominee’s accuser

President Donald Trump waves after addressing the media after arriving at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser was “too messed up” to be credible.

“Now a new charge comes up. And she said it might not be him and there are gaps,” Trump told reporters, referring to Deborah Ramirez. “And she said she was totally inebriated, and she was all messed up. And she doesn’t know if it was him, but it might have been him.

“Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that,” the president said before going after Senate Democrats: “This is a con game being played by the Democrats.”

“I think it is horrible what the Democrats have done,” a visibly agitated Trump said. “They are lousy politicians, they have lousy policy, they don’t know what the hell they are doing. … But they are good at one thing. That is obstruction and con.”

The president said very little about Ford much of last week. But in recent days, Trump has steadily ramped up his rhetoric about the accusers — much more than the Senate Republicans who will grill Ford Thursday and ultimately decide Kavanaugh’s fate.

Asked if Ramirez should testify Thursday, Trump replied: “The second accuser doesn’t even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not. Admits she was drunk. She admits time lapses.”

He warned that if Kavanuagh’s nomination goes down because of the allegations, it will set a dangerous precedent.

“Who is going to want to go before the system to be a Supreme Court judge or even a politician?” he said. “I can tell you that false accusations of all type are made against a lot of people.”

Ramirez, 53, who was at Yale University the same time as Kavanaugh in the 1980s, told the New Yorker in an article that published Sunday evening that he exposed himself at a party while extremely intoxicated. Ford, 51, says the federal appellate judge pinned her to a bed in high school and covered her mouth so forcefully she worried he may kill her while also groping her against her will.

Kavanaugh, as he did in a Tuesday evening interview alongside his wife on Fox News, denies her charges and those of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the nominee to sexually assaulting her at a high school party.

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