MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the Republican rush to confirm Brett Kaanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in spite of credible rape accusations would place an asterisk next to every decision he made in his lifetime appointment.
The “Morning Joe” host said the GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee were making a risky bet on accuser Christine Blasey Ford being unwilling to testify, but he said that could blow up in their faces.
“They were terrified when the discussions first began, they’re terrified now, and they are praying that Dr. Ford decides to stay away,” Scarborough said, “because they know and they have said that the optics of these 11 men cross examining Dr. Ford about what she says was sexual assault is a political nightmare that could actually swing the election this fall.”
Senate Republicans are insisting that Ford and Kavanaugh each testify Monday, although Ford placed another witness at the scene, rather than conduct an FBI investigation — as the accuser and Democrats have requested.
That dynamic, and the push to quickly confirm Kavanaugh if Ford declines to appear before the committee — will forever taint the conservative jurist’s tenure on the court, Scarborough said.
“A lifetime appointment, and yes, there will be an asterisk next to his name because Republicans wouldn’t wait another week to 10 days,” Scarborough said. “We are still in September. The Red Sox haven’t been eliminated from the playoffs yet, so we still have a long way to go.”
Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids
Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.
"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.
The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.
Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children
On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.
About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.
But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.
Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon
When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.
And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.