Hillary Clinton: Trump’s Remarks During Kavanaugh Swearing-In Hurt Integrity Of Supreme Court

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to voters in South Carolina a day after her debate with rival candidate Bernie Sanders on February 12, 2016 in Denmark, South Carolina.
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Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump transformed the swearing-in ceremony of his Supreme Court nominee into a “political rally” that will further throw into question the “integrity” and “image” of the highest court in this land. In an interview with CNN, the former Secretary of State added that the way the president acted will cause further turmoil in the already turbulent relationship between the American people and the country’s judicial system.

“What was done last night in the White House was a political rally,” Clinton, Trump’s Democratic 2016 election opponent, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “It further undermined the image and integrity of the court, and that troubles me greatly. It saddens me because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government.”

Clinton predicted that Americans will react to it according to our current divide, she said.

“But the President’s been true to form,” she continued. “He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign — really for many years leading up to the campaign. And he’s continued to do that inside the White House.”

During the swearing-in ceremony at the White House Monday evening, Trump apologized to Kanavaugh and his family for the “terrible pain and suffering” he endured during the confirmation process, as Fox News reported. The president extended the apology to Kavanaugh “on behalf of our nation” for what he called a desperate Democrat-led campaign of “lies and deception” intent on derailing his confirmation.

“Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception,” Trump said, as per the Fox News report. Trump added that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” through a “historic scrutiny.”

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by at least three women. The first woman to come forward, Christine Blasey Ford, testified in an extraordinary hearing on September 27, which powerfully divided the nation. In her testimony, Ford, a professor in Northern California, described how Kavanaugh reportedly pinned her down and attempted to remove her clothes against her will.

Following the hearing, Trump ordered the FBI to look into her claims, but only gave the agency less than a week to complete its investigation, which found no evidence to corroborate Ford’s testimony. Democrats have questioned the validity of the findings, which a CNN law enforcement analyst called a “charade” in an op-ed.