President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his criticism of the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Jason Munz, Southern Miss Sports Writer
With pink signs reading “Women For Trump” in the audience, President Donald Trump restated his defense of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a crowd of thousands Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi.
As the Federal Bureau of Investigation looks into allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, Trump derided the “fake news media” and called Kavanaugh “like a perfect person” who is “destined” for the Supreme Court.
Here’s a recap of his speech.
Trump was in Southaven to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi. He urged the audience to vote Republican to “save” America from socialism and decay. He said a vote for Republican is a vote for lower taxes, less regulation and more products made in the USA. He also said it’s a vote to reduce crime, respect law enforcement and restore the rule of law, and a vote for safe communities.
Trump told the audience that now is a time in the United States when people’s male loved ones can have their successes ruined by allegations against them.
“Guilty until proven innocent is very dangerous,” he said.
He mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser for not remembering details of the attack she said Kavanaugh committed against her in high school.
“I had one beer … How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember,” Trump said, referring to Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
“Democrats are the party of crime,” Trump said. He said radical Democrats want to tear down laws and institutions, want to demolish prosperity in the name of socialism and “probably worse.” He said they want to abolish borders “in the service of globalism.”
He said Democrats have wanted to “destroy” Kavanaugh, because he will follow the Constitution “as written.”
Trump said the economy is booming and “more Americans are working today than ever before.” The new trade deal announced this week with Mexico and Canada is an “incredible victory” for farmers, ranchers, factory workers and the entire nation,” he said. “America is winning again” and “we are finally putting America First,” Trump said.
He called the media very dishonest, and said that he has suffered “many false accusations,” but that his denials aren’t believed. The United States has the “worst libel laws,” Trump said, adding that “they can say anything they want” and can’t be sued. People repeatedly booed journalists in the crowd.
Shortly before his speech began, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement in response to a New York Times article published Tuesday which said Trump “participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud.” She said that “it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times. Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions. The New York Times’ and other media outlets‘ credibility with the American people is at an all time low because they are consumed with attacking the president and his family 24/7 instead of reporting the news.”
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