Trump trolls women again, this time over Kavanaugh vote

The president adds insult to injury in a tweet before a final Senate vote on his Supreme Court pick.

US Presdient Donald Trumps Twitter feed is seen on a laptop screen in Warsaw, Poland on September 15, 2018. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US Presdient Donald Trumps Twitter feed is seen on a laptop screen in Warsaw, Poland on September 15, 2018. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been a slap in the face to women, who turned out in force to protest the federal judge’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court despite facing allegations of sexual assault.

As Think Progress reported, about a thousand protesters — mostly women — massed at the U.S. Capitol earlier this week to protest Kavanaugh’s impending confirmation. Other demonstrations were held at the Supreme Court.

And more huge demonstrations took place on Saturday, hours before the full Senate held a final vote on the nomination and with either greater emotion after he was confirmed by a 50-48 vote.

So leave it to President Donald Trump to send out a tweet suggesting that the massive turnout was actually a demonstration of supporters there to show their love for Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault dating back to this teenaged years.

“Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capital Hill in preparation for a 3-5pm VOTE,” the president wrote. “It is a beautiful thing to see – and they are not paid professional protesters who are handed expensive signs. Big day for America!”

His remarks reprised his embrace of an anti-Semitic theory Trump began promoting this week that Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros was to blame for the anti-Kavanaugh protests. Trump spread the laughable narrative that the protesters were actors bankrolled by Soros.


As ThinkProgress’ Amanda Michelle Gomez reported, “Women for Kavanaugh” were not very much in evidence among the protesters on Capitol Hill Saturday.

The gas-lighting from the president continued later Saturday after the Senate vote, when thousands of angry protesters massed on the steps of the Supreme Court to protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but Trump falsely insisted that the crowds were negligible.

Trump has had a famously contentious relationship with women, having once bragged about grabbing them by the private parts, among the misogynistic slights and indignities by the former playboy businessman that are too numerous to recite.

Regardless of how the president mischaracterizes the protesters, they have vowed to continue to fight Kavanaugh’s nomination until the last vote is cast, with legions of demonstrators expected to turn out in Washington and across the country Saturday.

The also have vowed to turn their energies, with the confirmation fight over, to ousting the senators who turned a deaf ear to calls that the nomination be scrapped after a bitter nomination battle.
This post was updated after the Senate’s confirmation of Kavenaugh