Trump, at Kansas rally, praises Kavanaugh, slams Democrats

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The US Senate confirmed President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday in the closest such vote in more than a century, amid controversy over sexual abuse allegations against him. The inclusion of the question, which critics state is created to reduce participation by immigrants, could lead to an undercount of the USA population in certain regions and thus the malapportionment of electoral votes and congressional seats in a manner that could hurt the Democratic Party.

By Friday afternoon, the sole remaining undeclared senator was Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat.

The only party dissenters were Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who had meant to vote no, and Democrat Joe Manchin, who voted yes.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., heads to the Senate floor for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Washington.

The vote was not a quiet affair.

Senators confirmed his ascension to the nation's highest court by a vote of 50-48, nearly completely along party lines. In addition to the protests by women and sexual assault survivors in recent weeks, associate justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor weighed in Friday suggesting that the court's reputation will be harmed by the partisan bickering.

"Our Supreme Court confirmation process has been in steady decline for more than 30 years".

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"And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was loudly booed and heckled by onlookers outside until he ducked into his limousine.

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Meanwhile, a tweet asking someone to run for Senator Collins's seat in ME when it comes up for re-election in 2020 from former White House communication chief, Jen Psaki, had a swift response from former United Nations ambassador Susan Rice.

It was not clear that Kavanaugh would have the votes for confirmation until Collins said in a Senate floor speech that she would support his nomination.

But with both the Democrats and Republicans preaching their own "blue" and "red" waves, respectively, who has the momentum with the midterms a month away?

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans dismissed sexual assault accusations against the conservative judge and delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump.

Trump told reporters aboard the flight he is certain one of Kavanaugh's accusers, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, named the wrong person when she identified Kavanaugh as the man who assaulted her when the two were in high school.

The nomination process has ripped open the scabs on the never-healed wounds of polarisation on the U.S. body politic exactly a month before the mid-term elections to Congress that can determine the future of Trump's presidency. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

But Democrats say women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence. But each of those cases has been carefully made a decision to protect the court's integrity from challenges that the conservatives are helping the political party they are affiliated with.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues including abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage. As I've said previously, my job is to assess the facts before us and the fact remains that no evidence exists to support the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.

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