Chicago protest targets Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

Phillip Cunningham
October 14, 2018

Kavanaugh has also begun moving in to his new office at the Supreme Court, taking over space previously used by Justice Samuel Alito, who moved into offices vacated by Kennedy. Roughly a third said it would make no difference in their vote (22 percent) or had no opinion (10 percent).

Then an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new and Kavanaugh was finally voted into the coveted post.

While numerous judges were approved with bipartisan support, nearly half were confirmed on mostly party-line votes.

The outlook in Texas and Tennessee is more bleak for Democrats.

"On Fox News, Bret Baier said Roberts referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims on Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation".

The GOP leader also split from Trump to defend Democratic Sen.

But President Trump took a very different tone, highlighting the partisan animosity Kavanaugh tried to put behind him and accusing Democrats of pursuing "a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception".

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the awful pain and suffering you have been forced to endure", Trump said at the start of a ceremonial swearing-in.

Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 50 to 48.

Since justices serve lifetime appointments, the political consequences are likely to last long beyond Trump's administration.

Republicans are touting the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as rocket fuel for the GOP grass roots in next month's midterm elections, but it's Democrats who appear more energized by the nomination fight, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress in November - angrily predicted that the Kavanaugh row would backfire on Democrats. Men are more evenly split, with 30 percent more likely to back Republicans, while 25 percent are more likely to back Democrats. "But again, I think history would tell us, and polling data tells us, Democrats are more animated over Kavanaugh and over other things".

But the electoral landscape has since changed significantly in the Republicans' favor.

The first complaint, though, was filed September 10 - before the sexual assault allegation came out - and accuses Kavanaugh of lying when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing in early September that he hadn't received information stolen from Senate Democrats when he was working in the White House in the early 2000s. Significantly more women think the committee's actions were deficient, 56 percent vs. 43 percent. Republican congressional leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan both had abysmal approval ratings (46 percent unfavorable and 25 percent favorable for the former, 49 percent unfavorable and 32 percent favorable for the latter), with the best showing for a national Republican figure going to Vice President Mike Pence, who had 45 percent unfavorable and 41 percent favorable.

The justices privately made the decision not to hear the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democrats cut the deal despite a lot of grumbling from their own side, as many more liberal activists wanted the Senate to stay in session, and have Democrats force votes and debates over any judicial nominee by President Trump.

The protest organised by Women's March Chicago was a sign of the political fallout from the partisan fight to confirm Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations.

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