For the second time during Donald Trump's presidency, a sex scandal involving a Republican judge is causing heartaches for the GOP.
In the fall of 2017, former Judge Roy Moore's campaign for the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions was rocked by allegations of sexually assaulting women and girls. The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting and Democrat Doug Jones won the December special election.
Now, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is facing allegations of attempting to rape Dr. Christine Ford when was an underage high school girl. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are threatening to derail his nomination to the United States Supreme Court.
On MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Tuesday, host Nicolle Wallace noted, "whichever way this goes, the optics of Republicans rallying around someone now accused of sexual assault is perilous in and of itself."
"It is," said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
"And it is somewhat reminiscent of the Roy Moore case, where you had Republicans rallying around Roy Moore and the alleged pedophilia cases that he was involved in," Steele noted.
"This whole relationship with women is a problematic one with the Republican Party and female voters," he admitted.
Steele, who revealed on Monday that some Republicans are discussing how they withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination, offered a potential timeline for such an event.
"So this is a no-win for Republicans right now, and there is, despite what some people might want to say on the street, there are conversations about, 'How do we sidestep this? Does the judge, Tuesday, Wednesday of next week, withdraw his name?"