From #Beers4Brett to base misogyny - how the right celebrated Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Senate near Kavanaugh approval after epic struggle

US Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday (Oct 7) hailed the confirmation of divisive judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as his "proudest moment" in the upper house as the warring Republicans and Democrats turned their focus to the crucial midterm elections. "But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, 'I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen, ' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury".

McConnell blocked Democratic President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016, arguing at the time that voters should have a say in the matter in that year's election.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the sole Democrat to back Kavanaugh, while Alaska's Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, was the only Republican to oppose him.

Not all comments on social media were negative, however, as many users considered the complaints against Kavanaugh a ploy by Democrats to stop President Donald Trump's appointment of the Justice.

Gorsuch was confirmed with 54 votes and comparatively little rancor.

But the saga - fueled by ugly accusations and counter-claims aired at nationally televised hearings, followed by an 11th-hour Federal Bureau of Investigation probe to address the assault allegations - has inflamed political passions.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Kansas for a political rally, Trump said he was "very, very, very happy" about the vote and said Kavanaugh will be "a brilliant Supreme Court justice for many years".

That cloud stems from allegations of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior by Kavanaugh while he was in high school and college, along with his politically charged testimony that labeled the look into his past a political hit job by Democrats.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday by a vote of 50-48.

During a rally in MS last week, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which she told lawmakers there were details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember.

He added, "We were able to establish that the presumption of innocence is still important in this country and that the senate is not going to be intimated by these kind of tactics".

On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake.

What was said in the Senate? Kavanaugh's ascension means that the Supreme Court is likely to shift to the right, perhaps significantly, for years if not decades to come.

Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

"We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020", McConnell said.

"I'm glad that those who try to overturn the rule of law and replace it with mob rule lost", he told Fox.

After the vote, the president called Kavanaugh to congratulate him, the White House said in a statement.

With Kavanaugh taking a seat on the bench, the court is now majority conservative.

"He will serve and I won't like his opinions", Dershowitz added.

She said that Kavanaugh's questioning of senators at the hearing was over the line.

Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations, denying them in angry and tearful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that was viewed live on television by around 20 million people. "Vote them out!" and carried signs including, "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!"

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