Washington Post–you knew this was coming, but the shock is no less visceral:
President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.
In comments to reporters following a speech at the United Nations, Trump took aim at Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, who told the New Yorker magazine that said he exposed himself to her at a party when they were both first-year students.
“The second accuser has nothing,” Trump told reporters. “She admits that she was drunk.” [Pols emphasis]
The president dismissed the notion that the allegation could be disqualifying, saying sarcastically: “Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.”
In the past 48 hours since investigative journalist Ronan Farrow’s story was published containing Boulder domestic violence counselor Deborah Ramirez’s allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, numerous locals who know her both professionally and personally have come forward to attest to her honesty and good character. By all accounts, Ramirez is a credible, levelheaded person with professional experience in sexual abuse issues–not the sort of person who would either make something like this up or go public flippantly.
We can’t speak to what voters across the nation are seeing in their own local news, but the overwhelmingly positive coverage and support Ramirez has received since her story came out on Sunday in Colorado tells us that Donald Trump’s smearing of Ramirez today at the United Nations is a very bad development for Colorado Republicans–who now face the unwelcome choice of standing up to their own President, or joining him in the grotesque character assassination of a fellow Coloradan.
With 42 days until the election, this is a defining moment in Colorado politics.