Democrats “play dirty and they play to win” when stalling Republican presidents’ Supreme Court nominations, attorney Wendy Long warned Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“It’s actually been 31 years since the Democrats started this whole circus … They play dirty and they play to win. And they lie and they go trolling for these witnesses and thrust them into the spotlight when they haven’t necessarily asked to be put in the spotlight — inviting them, in some cases, to perjure themselves,” said Long, who ran two unsuccessful Senate campaigns against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
“And this train wreck is happening again,” Long said.
Long clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whose own nomination became what he termed a “high-tech lynching” after it was thrown into disarray, when Anita Hill accused him of sexually harassing her. President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee — Judge Brett Kavanaugh — has been publicly accused by two women of sexual misconduct late in the 11th hour of his confirmation process.
Christine Blasey Ford, who initially wished to remain anonymous, publicly accused Kavanaugh September 16 of sexually assaulting her some 36 years ago at a high school party in suburban Maryland.
Although Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received Ford’s allegations in July, she didn’t make them public until September 14, after they surfaced anonymously.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation experienced another setback late Sunday, when former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez accused him in an article for The New Yorker of exposing himself to her at a party in college.
Although The New Yorker appeared to have no qualms about publishing Ramirez’s allegations despite having little corroboration, The New York Times rejected the story after its reporters could locate no confirming eyewitnesses.
Kavanaugh has denied all of the sexual assault allegations against him.
“I was so excited to see the president today, strongly defending Brett Kavanaugh, and to see Mr. Kavanaugh speaking for himself with his wife,” Long said, referring to Trump’s defense during a United Nations meeting Monday — and Kavanaugh’s exclusive appearance Monday on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
“The American people can see what this is about, and one reason they elected Donald Trump was because they knew he was going to appoint strong constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court,” Long said. “This game of playing dirty is going to go on and on. We just can’t cave into it.”
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon, founder of the Dhillon Law Group and the Republican National Committeewoman for California, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Democrats will regret trying to kill Kavanaugh’s confirmation in this fashion.
“Just like with [former Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] and getting rid of the 60-vote standard in the Senate, they’re going to come to regret this because eventually the standard is going to be applied to them. And it’s an impossible standard,” Dhillon warned.
Long insisted that the Democrats’ decision to rally around last-minute accusations is “about keeping the Supreme Court in the hands of activists and not letting President Trump have this great nominee. It is not about the women. The women are being used by these senators.”
Also on Monday, Michael Avenatti, who is best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, claimed that he also has a client ready to accuse Kavanaugh of participating in and organizing a “gang-rape” ring against women in the 1980s.
“Warning: My client re Kavanaugh has previously done work within the State Dept, U.S. Mint, & DOJ. She has been granted multiple security clearances in the past including Public Trust & Secret. The GOP and others better be very careful in trying to suggest that she is not credible,” Avenatti tweeted Monday.
Warning: My client re Kavanaugh has previously done work within the State Dept, U.S. Mint, & DOJ. She has been granted multiple security clearances in the past including Public Trust & Secret. The GOP and others better be very careful in trying to suggest that she is not credible
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 24, 2018
“When Avenatti comes on the scene, to me it’s a huge negative for the Democrats,” Ingraham said. “I mean, it becomes another iteration of the Trump resistance. It’s all about him. He’s talking about running for president in 2020. The clown show continues.”
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino agreed, saying, “If you were serious — unlike Avenatti, who’s a clown, actually he’s an embarrassment to clowns, like clowns don’t want to be associated with Avenatti — and he was serious about getting to the bottom of these charges, he would put the information out there now, so credible people could do a credible investigation.”
“It’s tough to judge what he’s talking about. Avenatti’s a carnival barker. He’s a clown,” Bongino added. “But we don’t know what he’s talking about.”
Avenatti says he might wait until Wednesday night — the day before Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary — to reveal his client.
Even Chris Hahn, a former aide to Schumer, said, “I don’t take these seriously till I actually see somebody stand up and say this accusation actually happened. But I don’t just want to take accusations out of nowhere and say, ‘Let’s stop the presses.'”