President Donald Trump, during the White House ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, let the judge know that the nation is sorry for “the terrible pain and suffering” the latter had to endure as an alleged perpetrator of multiple cases of sexual assault.
“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of personal and political destruction based on lies and deception.”
In front of Kavanaugh’s wife, daughters and parents as well as congressional leaders and eight other Supreme Court justices, the commander in chief solemnly declared, “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent.”
At ceremonial swearing-in, Pres. Trump apologizes "on behalf of our nation” to Brett Kavanaugh and his family "for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure."
"And with that I must state that you sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent." pic.twitter.com/Np43pqbJlM
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 8, 2018
It is important to note that Kavanaugh was already sworn in to his office on Saturday. The White House event was purely ceremonial.
While traditionally such ceremonies take place days after a judge takes on his job, apparently Trump preferred to have the event as early as possible to make a strong impression before the start of midterm elections.
Trump has been swinging back and forth on his stance on Christian Blasey Ford’s allegation against the judge. Only two weeks ago, he described her as a “very credible witness” and called her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as “very compelling.”
However, on Monday just hours before the swearing-in ceremony, he went back on his previous comments and portrayed the whole controversy as “a hoax set up by the Democrats.” For him, Ford’s heart-breaking testimony was “all made up”, “fabricated”, and “a disgrace.”
— The Hill (@thehill) October 8, 2018
Reporters also learned how supporters of sexual assault survivors like Ford herself would turn American into Venezuela. “The main base of the Democrats have shifted so far left, that we’ll end up being Venezuela. This country would end up being Venezuela,” Trump said.
He seemed confident that the “dishonesty by the Democrats” during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process would turn into midterm gains for the Republicans. According to him, he personally has many democratic friends who would vote for Republicans after the Kavanaugh “charade.”
While Trump took the liberty to apologize on behalf of the whole nation, some Americans opted to speak for themselves.
In fact, a Twitter war has broken out after Trump’s remarks. Many believe that the apology belongs to victims of sexual assault rather than the alleged perpetrator.
At the White House swearing-in, Trump obscenely made the occasion a purely partisan one with his ludicrous claim that Justice Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” and his misogynistic apology for the Senate’s even having listened to Dr. Blasey Ford.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 8, 2018
Trump does not speak for me. I do not apologize to now Justice Kavanaugh, I apologize to Dr Ford, who still can't return home thanks to death threats. #imsorrydrford make it trend!
— pemdasi (@pemdasi) October 9, 2018
— Mandi V. (@mAnDi06) October 9, 2018
The real news: Trump proved he is capable of saying the words, “I’m sorry.” The one hitch: he said it on behalf of all Americans. And guess what? We are not sorry about what Kavanaugh went through. We are angry. And we are VOTING in November. #sorrynotsorry #NovemberIsComing
— MeganKelleyHall (@MeganKelleyHall) October 9, 2018
The most awful reality show will be cancelled soon. Funny how the White House is already working on corrupt Trumps defense already, great stuff🇱🇷 Country before Party! Lastly- don’t ever apologize for me you worthless human @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/MCJTqZAAdb
— Samantha (@Samanthagar1940) October 9, 2018
In the meantime, Kavanaugh went straight to work. This week he will consider two cases concerning proper penalties for gun crimes and one regarding the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Kavanaugh claimed that he would accept the role “with gratitude and no bitterness.”
Despite the partisan rage surrounding his nomination, he promised to be “an independent and impartial justice.”
“The Supreme Court is an institution of law. It is not a partisan or political institution, and the justices do not sit on opposite sides of the aisle,” Kavanaugh said on Monday evening. “I was not appointed to serve one party or one interest, but one nation.
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