This was Trump’s analysis of Dr. Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Donald Trump found Dr. Ford’s testimony “very compelling.” He added that “she looks like a very fine woman to me.” “She looks like a very credible witness.” “She was very good in many respects.”
In spite of his favorable view of Dr. Ford, and her testimony, Donald Trump reversed course. Yesterday he reached the lowest point of his Presidency. In the most outrageous, offensive, and grotesque moment of his Presidency thus far, he apologized to Justice Kavanaugh and his family for the
“terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation. ..not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. Our country, a man or a woman, must always be presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty….and with that I must state that you sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”
Trump said that Kavanaugh ” who is a great man, he is a man of decency, character, kindness, and courage who has devoted his life to serving his fellow citizens.”
It was as if Judge Kavanaugh was the victim and Dr. Ford the perpetrator! Trump has told many lies in the past, but saying that Judge Kavanaugh had been found “innocent” of the claims of sexual assault was offensive to every victim of sexual assault in the country. No finding of guilt or innocence was made by anyone. The relevant decision was only to determine whether Kavanaugh was fit to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Forty Eight Senators felt he was NOT fit. Certainly there was no finding of guilt or innocence.
During the hearing Kavanaugh said that polygraphs can’t be used in federal court because “they’re not reliable.” He previously ruled that polygraph tests were an “important law enforcement tool.” Kavanaugh wrote the unanimous opinion for the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., finding that the Defense Department could withhold reports about whether lie detector tests were effective under the federal public records law.
“The Government has satisfactorily explained how polygraph examinations serve law enforcement purposes,” Kavanaugh wrote.
“As a judge on the D.C. circuit, Judge Kavanaugh ruled they are in fact meaningful,.” Perhaps that is why Dr. Ford voluntarily took a lie detector test which confirmed her truthfulness in reporting the sexual assault. Judge Kavanaugh never took any test to confirm the veracity of his testimony.
Trump made these remarks of apology and accolades for the kindness, character, and decency of Judge Kavanaugh just yesterday. Today, less than 24 hours later, Nikki Haley resignation was announced. It seems likely the resignation must have been submitted yesterday afternoon in order for it to have been announced this morning.
Trump said that Haley is welcome back at any time. While Haley denied that she has ambitions to run for President in 2020, but she has obviously left the door open to being convinced that the Republican Party desperately needs an alternative to Trump. Certainly there is no guarantee that Trump will earn the nomination of his party. Maybe he’ll resign, die , or be impeached before the 2020 race.
Certainly Haley has been considered as a possible first female President. She was described as the “Rock Star” of the Trump administration. She has been identified as a person appealing to both political parties. She has previously indicated that if an administration official is adamantly opposed to Trump, resignation is the proper way to deal with the displeasure.
Haley has previously indicated her willingness to disagree with Trump.
- She did that in January 2017 during her Senate confirmation hearing when she insisted the US should hold Russia accountablefor its actions in Ukraine and Syria.
- Haley did it again in December when she said women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard.”
- And in July this year, one week after Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the question of Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election after their joint meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Haley said, “We don’t trust Putin. We never will.”
“Everyone in government owes a greater loyalty to our country and our Constitution than to any individual officeholder,” Haley wrote.
I for one would set aside general policies with which I disagree with Ms. Haley and campaign for her in an effort to defeat Trump’s nomination. Every American should work for a viable alternative to Trump.
I personally saw her at the AIPAC conference earlier this year. She was a Rock Star. At that point she explained that she told Trump that she had to be willing to say what she thought. I expect that she told Trump how offensive he was in addressing the Kavanaugh nomination.
In December, she said that women who had accused Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard.” When a White House adviser said Haley had been confused in prematurely announcing more sanctions against Russia, she said simply, “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.”