Senate Democrats are taking the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process down a path they may not enjoy as they pivot away from collapsing allegations of sexual abuse to focus on the nominee’s affinity for drinking an occasional beer as evidence of him not having the temperament to be a justice on the high court.
With an assist from their media allies, America is being regaled with alcohol related stories about Kavanaugh — like he threw ice at a bar patron 30 some years ago — but having opened this door, President Donald Trump is more than willing to saunter through.
At a press conference Monday announcing a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, Trump took issue with Democrats focusing on Kavanaugh’s drinking habits while in school, dropping a zinger when he mentioned an unnamed senator from the opposition party.
“Now they talk about alcohol,” the president said. “They’re going back to high school and they’re saying that he drank a lot one evening in high school.”
“I happen to know some United States senators. One who is on the other side, who’s pretty aggressive,” he continued. “I’ve seen that person in very bad situations. Okay? I’ve seen that person in very bad situations. Somewhat compromising. And I think it’s very unfair to bring up things like this.”
If anyone in DC knows who Trump has in mind, it would be the media.
“I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace,” he said. “And partially because I know them. I know them too well, and you know what, they are not angels.”
Trump was asked later who he was referring to and he replied that he would “save it for a book.”
One thing we can be relatively sure of is that there will be no stories about drinking or drugs from Trump’s youth.
“I can honestly say I never had a beer in my entire life,” he told reporters on Monday. “It’s one of my only good traits.”
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