Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Beers and cheers as Trump, Republicans celebrate Kavanaugh's rise to Supreme Court

Beers and cheers as Trump, Republicans celebrate Kavanaugh's rise to Supreme Court

A public swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday in the White House's East Room.

US President Donald Trump is celebrating the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a political rally in Kansas and condemning Democrats for what he calls a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against Kavanaugh.

He was being sworn in nearly immediately on Saturday by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kavanaugh's ascension means that the Supreme Court is likely to shift to the right, perhaps significantly, for years if not decades to come.

She also told The Washington Post there was "zero chance" she had confused Kavanaugh with his classmate.

A Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, who represents West Virginia, a heavily pro-Trump state, voted for Kavanaugh.

Still, it was a close-run thing: Kavanaugh's nomination was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, which sparked uproar and forced Republicans to delay the confirmation vote for a week to allow time for a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

In regards to Kavanaugh and the sexual assault accusations surrounding him, she said that she was glad that boh Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and he were heard and that the FBI investigation was conducted. This is despite Ford testifying, under oath, that she is "100 percent" sure that Kavanaugh was her attacker.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people.

This week, Trump mocked Ford's account of what she says was a drunken attack on her by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

"This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh". But other accusations and rumors were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

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The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the U.S. body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency.

The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, setting the stage for a final vote in the chamber Saturday evening. But two other key senators, Senators Susan Collins of ME and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted for cloture, with Collins indicating that she would announce her final decision on how to vote by 3 pm on Friday.

But his Senate confirmation hearing raised doubts about Kavanaugh's choirboy image and he will join the eight other justices with a cloud hanging over his head.

Kavanaugh's nomination sparked protest across the Capitol, which continued Saturday.

"The Senate is about to elevate a nominee who doesn't belong on the nation's highest bench", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the confirmation vote, adding that the judge is an "extreme partisan" with an "injudicious demeanor".

But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

He could use the same line that the late Antonin Scalia liked to give after he cast one of the five votes by justices appointed by Republican presidents to end an election recount in Florida and install a Republican president in the White House. McConnell extolled Kavanaugh as a "superstar, a serious scholar" who is "legendary for his preparation and possesses the qualifications, the temperament and judicial philosophy" to be a brilliant justice.

Kavanaugh, 53, will solidify the nine-member Supreme Court's conservative majority.

That, McConnell said, is the statement the Senate will make with its Kavanaugh vote. They went through it, and they went through it seven times.

Ms Murkowski opted instead to simply mark herself as "present", leaving the final vote 50-48.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks. "Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh's record or past have shown he will be such a justice". We've seen the numbers in the races shifting in our direction.

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