A campaign rally may be the place to gather support and get wild cheers from the base, but President Trump needs to stop using it as a venue to discuss Christine Blasey Ford. When he does, his showmanship takes over and the result is a mockery.
It may be good fodder for his fervent fans, but it makes it harder for Senators to get the votes they need to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Moreover, it taints those who end up voting for him, making it harder for them to win their elections during these extremely important midterm elections.
People don’t vote for Supreme Court justices. The President does not need to paint Kavanaugh’s accuser in a negative light at campaign rallies because it cannot have a positive effect on the outcome. Somebody needs to tell him he’s hurting his cause.
Many on Capitol Hill and in leftist mainstream media have gone after his comments, but the most glaring rebuke came from someone who has been in the President’s corner since before he won the GOP nomination.
“The tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides. Last night he chose to blow it,” Kilmeade said on “Fox & Friends,” adding that the FBI could be concluding its investigation into Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday.
“I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that.”
Kilmeade said that there were clear holes in Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, but cautioned the president against going after her publicly.
The President has a right to be skeptical of Ford and her testimony. It’s all starting to seem more and more like the political hit job Kavanaugh described than an actual victim seeking justice. However, being skeptical and handling it in a professional manner is very different from outright mockery of such a delicate subject.
All he has to do is allow the process, as convoluted as it has been, to complete its course. By attacking the alleged victim during a campaign rally, he made Republicans’ jobs that much harder and gave fuel to Democrats for their midterm election campaigns.
Ford’s accusations are seeming less and less credible, which is why the President needs to let the focus be on them and not on his mocking of her. There are times when he doesn’t have to be the center of attention. This is one of them.