Why Republicans Are Digging In Heels After Second Kavanaugh Accusation

Judge Brett Kavanaugh poses for photographs with Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before a meeting in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Instead of seeing Deborah Ramirez’s sexual misconduct accusation as the death knell for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans are rallying behind their claim that her story is flimsy, the reporting on it thin and the timing of it indicative of a full-scale liberal smear campaign to torpedo President Donald Trump’s nominee.

According to a Monday Politico report, while the smear campaign talking points were dispersed among White House staffers and congressional Republicans, Trump was insisting that the whole phalanx come out much harder against Ramirez than the tepid response he feels Republicans had to professor Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation.

Republicans reportedly see more room to sow doubt in Ramirez’s accusation, due to the combination of lack of first-hand witnesses, silence from Senate Republicans who were vocal on Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh’s hasty denial and refusal to bow out.

Per Politico, Democrats, on the other hand, think that Republicans are embracing an anti-woman narrative that will hurt them with crucial constituencies in the midterms.

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