Trump lauds Ka­vanaugh con­fir­ma­tion

‘His­toric night’ pres­i­dent tells sup­port­ers in Kan­sas

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT - By Jill Colvin

TOPEKA, Kan. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cel­e­brated the con­fir­ma­tion of Brett Ka­vanaugh to the Supreme Court at a rally on Sat­ur­day, con­demn­ing Democrats for what he called a “shame­less cam­paign of po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal de­struc­tion” against Ka­vanaugh.

To cheers of sup­port­ers at the Kan­sas Ex­pocen­tre in Topeka, Trump de­clared it a “his­toric night,” not long af­ter sign­ing the pa­per­work to make Ka­vanaugh’s sta­tus of­fi­cial.

“I stand be­fore you to­day on the heels of a tremen­dous vic­tory for our na­tion,” he said to roars.

Ka­vanaugh was sworn in as a jus­tice Sat­ur­day evening in Wash­ing­ton af­ter a nom­i­na­tion that sparked protests and close votes af­ter Ka­vanaugh was ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct as a stu­dent in high school and col­lege.

Trump in­vited re­porters trav­el­ing with him to watch the fi­nal vote in his pri­vate of­fice aboard Air Force One, then de­liv­ered a thumbs up from his desk as the con­fir­ma­tion was made of­fi­cial.

“Very, very good,” Trump said. “Very happy about it. Great de­ci­sion. I very much ap­pre­ci­ate those 50 great votes, and I think he’s go­ing to go down as a to­tally bril­liant Supreme Court Jus­tice for many years.”

Trump con­tin­ued lash­ing out at Democrats when he ral­lied sup­port­ers in Topeka. He said “rad­i­cal Democrats” have be­come “an an­gry, left-wing mob” and “too dan­ger­ous and ex­treme to gov­ern.” And he urged Kan­sas vot­ers to send Re­pub­li­cans to Congress.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais The As­so­ci­ated Press

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump waves to sup­port­ers af­ter speak­ing Sat­ur­day at a cam­paign rally in Topeka, Kan.

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