Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer displayed the audacity and glaring lack of self-awareness by Democrats in his attack on Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
Amid the circus Democrats have created around the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Schumer is now demanding McConnell apologize for his role in trying to “politicize the Supreme Court nomination process.”
“Leader McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a ‘smear job,'” the New York Democrat said Tuesday, posting his remarks on Medium.
“Let me repeat that, Leader McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a ‘smear job.’ And he should apologize to her immediately,” Schumer said, referring to Christine Blasey Ford who has alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her during a party when they were in high school over three decades ago.
“It is galling, galling for the Republican leader, who has done more than maybe anyone to politicize the Supreme Court nomination process, to make these trumped up, hyperbolic charges of partisanship by Democrats,” Schumer continued. “It is a sad habit of Republicans to accuse the other side of doing what they, in fact, are doing. Happens over and over again. That seems to be the case here, as Democrats have over and over again urged the FBI to help investigate these allegations to get to the bottom of it, to get to the truth, while Republicans block any investigation and plow right through with their nominee.”
Never mind that Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has repeatedly accommodated the liberal professor and her demands and preconditions before agreeing to testify before the committee about the allegations she claims are true.
“It’s simple, if Leader McConnell was truly concerned about these allegations being swept up in partisanship, he would join me calling for an FBI background investigation — which can be performed quietly, soberly, quickly, effectively, without fuss, without muss, without a circus atmosphere,” Schumer continued, completely missing the irony of his own words.
It was Sen. Dianne Feinstein who sat for weeks on Ford’s letter accusing Kavanaugh as confirmation hearings were underway, only to raise the alarm just before the committee was set to vote following multiple FBI investigations into the nominee’s record.
Schumer condemned the “character assassination” of Kavanaugh’s accusers “before any evidence could be brought forward,” conveniently blind to the same “smear job” ahead of evidence of the judge, who has vehemently denied the uncorroborated allegations while enduring life threatening attacks on his own family.
“Democrats and Republicans are always throwing charges at each other, but the idea this is a ‘smear job.’ Whatever you think about the veracity of the allegations, it is shameful — shameful — to doubt these women’s sincerity; to say they’re making it up; to discredit their sincere testimony as nothing more than a partisan hit job,” Schumer said. “For too long, people in positions of power have dismissed accounts made by women, before any evidence could be brought forward, as politically motivated or character assassination.”
Schumer challenged McConnell: “…if you are so convinced this is a smear campaign, you’ll have no problem with an FBI investigation to prove your case. Come to the floor, come now and join me in asking the White House to re-open the background check. Let’s get politics out of it. Let’s root out the facts. Let’s get to the truth. No histrionics. No smearing. No name calling.”
McConnell slammed Democrats in a speech on the Senate floor, saying the “shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low.”
This is America. Evidence matters. Facts matter. We have never been – and do not wish to be – a society in which a single, uncorroborated allegation can wield veto power over somebody’s life. Everyone deserves better than this. pic.twitter.com/lPazbl1crl
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) September 25, 2018
“The Democrats have already made up their minds and chosen their tactics,” the Kentucky Republican said. “Delay. Obstruct. Resist.”
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