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USA politics plumbs new depths as President Trump mocks women

04 October 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, despite having said previously that he found her Senate Judiciary Committee testimony last week "credible". "You're not helping. But it can be worse, you can actually kill somebody's cat, and puncture their tires to get them to shut up".

"What neighborhood was it in?" I don't know. Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs? "'I don't know. But I had one beer". I don't remember. Where is the place?

He went on to say: "A man's life is in tatters".

"It's just not right".

"That'll not be used as another reason for delay, I can tell you that", he added. "I've got boys and I've got girls, and when I see what's going on right now, it's scary", Trump Jr said in the interview to Daily Mail TV, prompting a question about who he anxious for more.

Washington has been awaiting completion of the investigation since last week, when Flake, Collins and Murkowski pressured a reluctant Trump and GOP leaders to order the FBI to renew its background check of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh. Liberals have backed charges from women who have disparaged Kavanaugh as a privileged, preppy, binge-drinking, belligerent who assaulted women and men in his school and college years and is therefore temperamentally unfit for the Supreme Court.

The prosecutor joined a private meeting with all Senate Republicans on Thursday after the hearing, where she told the senators that after the eight hours of testimony she heard, she would not have prosecuted Kavanaugh for assault, according to two officials familiar with her remarks.

It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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The big banana-shaped sofa on the set of "Fox & Friends" has nearly always been safe space for President Donald Trump. "And the Senate has to make a decision based on those facts and whether or not they see Judge Kavanaugh to be qualified to hold the position on the Supreme Court", Sanders said. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them".

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Republicans and Democrats sparred over the ongoing FBI investigation, which is expected to be completed by Friday.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his comments at the rally, instead attacking Kavanaugh's Democratic critics.

"This is opposite of what we're asking leaders to do in terms of supporting us to end sexual violence", she said.

Lawmakers said that once the Federal Bureau of Investigation report arrived, senators and a small number of top aides would be allowed to read it in a secure room in the Capitol complex. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that "the president is pointing out factual inconsistencies. There are facts that she can not remember: how she got home, how she got there, where the house was, what the date was".

Polls show Republicans are more likely to be sceptical of the #MeToo movement, which has spurred women to come forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment, and to believe it has gone too far.

The message from Mr Trump and his allies looks to channel the frustration and anxieties of the party's core voters - white men - just weeks before an election.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell again took aim at Kavanaugh opponents.

USA politics plumbs new depths as President Trump mocks women