Trump holds rally in Ken­tucky,

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­LENE SUPERVILLE

RICH­MOND, Ky. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump heaped praise Satur­day on Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, cred­it­ing the vet­eran Ken­tucky law­maker’s po­lit­i­cal tough­ness and acu­men dur­ing the ugly bat­tle that con­cluded with Brett Ka­vanaugh be­com­ing a Supreme Court jus­tice.

“He’s Ken­tucky tough,” Trump de­clared.

Ka­vanaugh took his seat on the high court this week af­ter over­com­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct dat­ing to his high school and col­lege years. He force­fully de­nied the charges, and Trump and McCon­nell firmly backed Ka­vanaugh as part of their com­bined quest to pop­u­late the ju­di­ciary with con­ser­va­tive judges. Ka­vanaugh could tilt the po­lit­i­cal bal­ance of the high court in the con­ser­va­tive di­rec­tion for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“We stuck with him all the way be­cause we knew the facts,” Trump said, speak­ing of him­self and McCon­nell, Ken­tucky’s se­nior U.S. se­na­tor.

“There’s no­body tougher. There’s no­body smarter. He re­fused to cave to the rad­i­cal Democrats’ shame­ful cam­paign of per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal de­struc­tion,” Trump said at a po­lit­i­cal rally at East­ern Ken­tucky Uni­ver­sity be­fore he called McCon­nell to the mic.

“He stared down the an­gry left-wing mob. He never blinked and he never looked back and he got us a man who will be one of our great, great Supreme Court jus­tices,” Trump said.

McCon­nell re­turned the com­pli­ment and told the pres­i­dent to con­tinue nom­i­nat­ing judges and “we’ll keep con­firm­ing them.”

Democrats fiercely and vo­cally op­posed Ka­vanaugh, op­po­si­tion that hard­ened af­ter Chris­tine Blasey Ford ac­cused him of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her when they were in high school. Other women ac­cused him of other sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior.

Pro­test­ers swarmed Se­nate of­fice build­ings and hun­dreds were ar­rested in a fu­tile at­tempt to in­tim­i­date a hand­ful of hold­out se­na­tors into vot­ing against con­firm­ing Ka­vanaugh. Trump has taken to re­fer­ring to Democrats who op­posed Ka­vanaugh as an an­gry “mob.”

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