Friday, September 28, 2018

What did Donald Trump do today?

He tried to have it every which way on Brett Kavanaugh's alleged attempted rape of Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump met with Chilean president Sebastián Piñera today, meaning he could not avoid answering reporters' questions about Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump had previously said that Ford was part of a "big fat con job," and mocked her for not reporting the assault when it happened.

This morning, however, Trump was more conciliatory. He said, "I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me. A very fine woman. ...Certainly she was a very credible witness. She was very good in many respects."

But after authorizing a brief FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh--something he had previously and incorrectly said was impossible--Trump then insisted that Ford's "credible" testimony would not change his mind.

Kavanaugh has had six background checks during his government career, but has never been investigated for the allegations made against him recently--some of which are about crimes that had not previously been reported, some of which go to his truthfulness in his Senate testimony, and some of which would not be crimes but are extremely distasteful

Trump has not explained why, if Ford's testimony about her attempted rape was "credible," he has decided that the FBI investigation won't find anything requiring him to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.

What is the problem here?

  • There is no good reason for a president to nominate someone "credibly" accused of sexual assault to the Supreme Court.