Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the new Supreme Court justice last weekend, but the corrupt White House wanted to do that all again as a ceremonial event for TV. Donald Trump, reading a prepared text from his trusty teleprompter, began the celebration with remarks directed to the new justice, who allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women.
“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Donald Trump said with mind-blowing ignorance and disrespect to Kavanaugh’s victims, adding that the justice had been “proven innocent.”
No, he was not proven innocent. There was no trial, nor did the information available exonerate the accused. The president just lied for the ten thousandth time, showing the lack of concern the Republicans have for the well-being of women.
The Brett Kavanaugh nomination started with completely bogus rhetoric; it seems ironically fitting that it ended the same way.
After Donald Trump’s lies, the Republican jurist/attempted rapist/perjurer expressed his thanks.
“Mr. President, thank you for the great honor of appointing me to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court. I’ve seen firsthand your deep appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. I am grateful for your steadfast, unwavering support throughout this process. And I’m grateful to you and Mrs. Trump for the exceptional, overwhelming courtesy you have extended to my family and me.”
The notion that this president actually has a “deep appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary” is shown to be absurd by Trump’s frequent attacks on federal courts, including his claim last year that the US judicial system “is broken.”
Nevertheless, Brett Kavanaugh proceeded to thank VP Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, and many GOP senators. He had special thanks for Don McGahn, the White House Counsel, who helped block much of Kavanaugh’s terrible record from review in the confirmation process.
A new partnership has clearly been forged. Brett Kavanaugh owes the Republicans heavily.
There have been concerns about Brett Kavanaugh’s capacity for independence for a long time. He spent a lot of his career working as a Republican lawyer, and when former president George W. Bush first nominated Kavanaugh for the federal bench, there were questions from the American Bar Association about his political biases.
More recently, bias concerns grew much more serious. Kavanaugh not only went to Republican-friendly news outlets in order to defend himself from the credible sexual misconduct allegations, he delivered very partisan remarks to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, making up a conspiracy theory involving many Democratic senators and (because Kavanaugh knows that most conservatives will believe any conspiracy about them without evidence) the Clintons.
Michael Beschloss said to Rachel Maddow on her show Friday night: “Compared to Clarence Thomas in terms of the relationship with the president who selected him, Clarence Thomas had a courtly relationship with George H.W. Bush, but Kavanaugh has been spending weeks at the White House, weeks closeted with Donald Trump’s people trying to get this nomination through. And he goes to court in a situation in which he is going to be very indebted to Donald Trump.”
This is disturbing, and our country will pay the price for this mess for decades to come.