UNITED NATIONS — President Trump said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in a “con job” against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, and praised his nominee’s denials as “so believable.”
Trump, incredulously describing the situation to the Colombian president at the United Nations in New York, sought to cast doubt on sexual misconduct allegations lodged against Kavanaugh by a Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, who made her claims in an article published online Sunday night in The New Yorker.
“He’s never had any charges like this, charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated,” Trump said. “I mean, you, as a president of a great country, Colombia, I mean how is this possible – 36 years ago?”
Trump continued to criticize Ramirez’s claims, saying, “The second accuser had nothing,” adding that she said she was “totally inebriated” and “all messed up.”
“Oh gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that,” Trump said sarcastically.
The president also called his nominee “one of the highest quality people.”
“He said when he was focused on being No. 1 in his class at Yale, to me, that was so believable,” Trump said, according to the pool report. “I understand college very well, being No. 1 in your class, I understand a lot of things.”
Trump also repeatedly blamed Democrats for the allegations of misconduct, saying, “It is a shame you can do this to a person’s life.”
“I can tell you that false accusations of all type are made against a lot of people,” Trump continued. “This is a high quality person, and it would be a horrible insult to our country if this doesn’t happen. And it’ll be a horrible, horrible thing for future political people. It cannot be allowed to happen.”
Kavanaugh is set to testify Thursday at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, is also expected to testify.
The following are the full remarks made by Trump, as provided by the White House:
Q Mr. President, did you see Judge Kavanaugh’s interview last night?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I saw Judge Kavanaugh last night.
Q Can you give us some thoughts, sir?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think he’s just a wonderful human being. I mean, I think it’s horrible what the Democrats have done. It’s a con game they’re playing. They’re con -- they’re really con artists. They’re trying to convince -- you know, they don’t believe it themselves, okay? They know he’s a high-quality person. They don’t believe it. It’s just resist and obstruct.
They’re playing a con game, and they play it very well. They play it, actually, much better than the Republicans. They’re lousy politicians, and they have lousy policy. They don’t know what the hell they’re doing. They want to get rid of ICE. They want to get rid of law enforcement. They don’t want to take care of our military. They want to raise your taxes. But they’re good at one thing -- they’re good at one thing: that’s obstruction and resisting and con.
He’s one of the highest quality people. You know, when he said that really what he was focused on was trying to be number one in his class at Yale, to me that was so believable. I understand college very well, and I understand being number one in your class, and I understand a lot of things. When he said that, I understood exactly what -- he was so truthful. And I think it came out. I mean, I hope it came out.
But for the Democrats to be trying to make him into something -- let’s be nice about it -- that he’s not. He’s a high-quality person. He’s a great intellect.
You’re also not seeing him on his footing. This isn’t his footing. He’s never been here before. He’s never had any charges like this. I mean, charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated.
I mean, you, as watching this, as the President of a great country, Colombia, you must say, “How is this possible?” Thirty-six years ago? Nobody ever knew about it? Nobody ever heard about it? And now a new charge comes up, and she says, “Well, it might not be him.” And there were gaps, and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up. And she doesn’t know it was him, but it might have been him. “Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.”
This is a con game being played by the Democrats. Also, take a look at the lawyers. These lawyers are the same lawyers that have been fighting for years. They keep fighting. Take a look at the lawyers. And it’s a shame that you can do this to a person’s life.
And I’ll tell you, maybe even more important, who is going to want to go before the system to be a Supreme Court judge or to be a judge, or to be even a politician? I can tell you that false accusation and false accusations of all types are made against a lot of people. This is a high-quality person.
And I certainly hope -- I certainly hope -- it would be a horrible insult to our country if this doesn’t happen. And it will be a horrible, horrible thing for future political people, judges, anything you want. It would be a horrible thing. It cannot be allowed to happen.
And the Democrats are playing a con game. C-O-N. A con game. And it’s a shame. And they know it’s a con game. They know he’s high quality. And they wink at each other. They’re winking. They know it’s a con game.
Q Should the second accuser be allowed to testify on Thursday? Would you welcome that?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I look at the second accuser -- the second accuser has nothing. The second accuser doesn’t even know -- she thinks, maybe, it could have been him, maybe not. She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses. There were time lapses.
This is a person and this is a series of statements that’s going to take one of the most talented, one of the greatest intellects, from a judicial standpoint in our country, going to keep him off the United States Supreme Court.
You know, I said something this morning: He has the chance to be one of the greatest justices ever in the United States Supreme Court. What a shame. And what a shame it is for the so many other people whose world that isn’t. That’s not his world, and it’s not their world.
These are legitimate people. They’re not in the world of con, and the world of obstruct, and the world of resist. He never thought this was even a possibility. He’s startled. He can’t believe this is happening.
His wife is devastated. His children are devastated. I don’t mean they’re, like, “Oh, gee. I’m a little unhappy.” They’re devastated. And it’s because these Democrats -- and they know. They know. When I see Schumer, who never even saw this woman, “I believe her 100 percent,” and I see these other senators that I deal with on a daily basis -- I know them better than they know themselves -- it’s just a game for them. But it’s a very dangerous game for our country.
Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much.