A ‘Kavanaugh bump’ is boosting GOP Senate candidates. But Trump is a different story.

According to the polling average maintained by Real Clear Politics, during the past two weeks the president’s approval ratings have risen to around 43 percent. This is up 2 points from where Trump’s approval ratings had been in mid-September, when they sunk to 41 percent, the lowest polling average Trump had seen since March, according to RCP. For most of the summer, however, Trump’s approval ratings in RCP polls sat at around 43 percent. The statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com averaged the pres


According to the polling average maintained by Real Clear Politics, during the past two weeks the president’s approval ratings have risen to around 43 percent. This is up 2 points from where Trump’s approval ratings had been in mid-September, when they sunk to 41 percent, the lowest polling average Trump had seen since March, according to RCP. For most of the summer, however, Trump’s approval ratings in RCP polls sat at around 43 percent. The statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com averaged the pres
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A 'Kavanaugh bump' is boosting GOP Senate candidates. But Trump is a different story.

According to the polling average maintained by Real Clear Politics, during the past two weeks the president’s approval ratings have risen to around 43 percent. This is up 2 points from where Trump’s approval ratings had been in mid-September, when they sunk to 41 percent, the lowest polling average Trump had seen since March, according to RCP.

For most of the summer, however, Trump’s approval ratings in RCP polls sat at around 43 percent. The statistics site FiveThirtyEight.com averaged the president’s approval ratings at around 42 percent for the same period, between mid-June and September, when they briefly dropped below 40 percent.

Among experts, however, the only consensus about how much Kavanaugh helped Trump’s poll numbers is that it’s unclear.

And despite the emergence of a narrative attributing Trump’s slight boost to a so-called Kavanaugh bump, it’s difficult to determine how much of Trump’s recovery is actually a reflection of the Kavanaugh confirmation fight.

This is because so many other issues might have impacted voters’ views of the president, ranging from the strong economy to the burgeoning trade war with China.

As veteran polling analyst Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com wrote on Oct. 4:

Trump’s approval ratings have largely followed the same trajectory as the generic ballot, having slumped in early-to-mid September and since rebounded slightly. It’s not clear how much of that is Kavanaugh-related, however, as the president was dealing with a lot of other news in August and early September, such as the guilty pleas of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Merely staying out of the headlines while Kavanaugh was the lead story may have helped Trump’s numbers revert to the mean.

But while it remains difficult to gauge the impact Kavanaugh had on Trump’s poll numbers, what seems clear is that Trump’s handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation has had a real impact on Republican voters.


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Trump doubles down on Fed attacks, saying it’s ‘going loco’

Saying he’s “not happy” with the Fed, Trump told Fox News he could’t understand why it was continuing to tighten U.S. monetary policy. The Fed is going loco and there’s no reason for them to do it. Even as he expressed concerns about the Fed’s interest rate policy, Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he had not spoken to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell about them. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president told reporters. The Fed has raised interest rates three times this year an


Saying he’s “not happy” with the Fed, Trump told Fox News he could’t understand why it was continuing to tighten U.S. monetary policy. The Fed is going loco and there’s no reason for them to do it. Even as he expressed concerns about the Fed’s interest rate policy, Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he had not spoken to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell about them. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president told reporters. The Fed has raised interest rates three times this year an
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Trump doubles down on Fed attacks, saying it's 'going loco'

U.S. President Donald Trump continued his tirade against the Federal Reserve in a late Wednesday television appearance, laying into the central bank’s policy decisions and suggesting it is to blame for Wednesday’s sharp market decline.

Saying he’s “not happy” with the Fed, Trump told Fox News he could’t understand why it was continuing to tighten U.S. monetary policy. The president has previously expressed displeasure with the central bank, and that’s led some to fear the institution’s independence is at risk.

“The problem I have is with the Fed. The Fed is going wild. I mean, I don’t know what their problem is that they are raising interest rates and it’s ridiculous,” Trump said during a telephone interview with Fox host Shannon Bream. “The problem [causing the market drop] in my opinion is Treasury and the Fed. The Fed is going loco and there’s no reason for them to do it. I’m not happy about it.”

“Loco” means “crazy” in Spanish.

In recent months, U.S. officials have sought to emphasize that Trump would honor the Fed’s historic ability to make decisions independent of political interference. “We as an administration absolutely support the independence of the Fed,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly said in July.

As recently as Tuesday, Trump had signaled that he understood the importance of maintaining a firewall between the White House and the Fed. Even as he expressed concerns about the Fed’s interest rate policy, Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he had not spoken to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell about them.

“I like to stay uninvolved with them. I have not spoken” to Powell all year, Trump said.

Trump’s attitude towards the Fed seemed to change Wednesday, however, as fears about rapidly rising rates helped cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average to drop more than 800 points by day’s end. The S&P 500 posted its worst day since February and clinched its first five-day losing streak since 2016.

Early on Wednesday afternoon, Trump knocked his central bank as he deplaned from Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania for a campaign rally. “I think the Fed is making a mistake. They are so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy,” the president told reporters.

The Fed has raised interest rates three times this year and is largely expected to hike once more before year-end.

The most recent September rate hike drew criticism from Trump at the time, who said he was “worried about the fact that they seem to like raising interest rates, we can do other things with the money,” he said.

—CNBC’s Thomas Franck contributed to this report.


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Trump: No plans to fire Rod Rosenstein

President Donald Trump on Monday said he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite feverish speculation two weeks ago that Rosenstein was on his way out. “I get along very well with him,” Trump said of Rosenstein. Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election interference after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it in 2017. Asked Monday about the postponed meeting with Rosenstein, Trump said he would talk


President Donald Trump on Monday said he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite feverish speculation two weeks ago that Rosenstein was on his way out. “I get along very well with him,” Trump said of Rosenstein. Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election interference after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it in 2017. Asked Monday about the postponed meeting with Rosenstein, Trump said he would talk
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Trump: No plans to fire Rod Rosenstein

President Donald Trump on Monday said he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite feverish speculation two weeks ago that Rosenstein was on his way out.

“I get along very well with him,” Trump said of Rosenstein. “I didn’t know Rod before [becoming president], but I got to know him,” the president told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump added that he and Rosenstein “actually have a very good relationship.”

Trump’s comments came exactly two weeks after official Washington was rocked by a series of reports that Rosenstein had been fired, that he had quit, or that his firing was imminent.

But none of this came to pass, and instead the White House announced that Trump would meet with Rosenstein on Sept. 27 to discuss his future at the Justice Department.

That meeting was postponed, however, so as not to conflict with a Senate hearing into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The significance of Rosenstein’s departure would have been massive, however, given that he oversees the special counsel’s Russia probe.

Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian election interference after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it in 2017.

Asked Monday about the postponed meeting with Rosenstein, Trump said he would talk to the deputy attorney general aboard Air Force One en route to Florida. Rosenstein was expected to attend a speech Trump was giving to law enforcement officers later in the day.

“We’ll be talking on the plane,” Trump said. “I actually have a good relationship [with Rosenstein] other than there’s been no collusion, folks, no collusion. But I have a very good relationship, we’ll see.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia, which the president has consistently denied, and Russian meddling in the election.

Ever since the special counsel’s Russia probe was launched in May 2017, it has driven a wedge between Trump and his Justice Department.

The original speculation about Rosenstein’s departure was prompted by a Sept. 21 report in The New York Times that Rosenstein had suggested he would wear a wire to secretly record the president during their conversations.

Immediately after the Times story was published, several Justice Department officials said Rosenstein had been joking about the wire.


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Trump praises ‘stop and frisk,’ calls for tougher policing tactics

Ever since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has portrayed himself as a law and order candidate, making support for law enforcement officers a pillar of his stump speeches. As president, Trump has drawn criticism for encouraging law enforcement officers to treat suspects harshly, up to and including what sounded to many like support for violating constitutional rights. In April 2017, Trump told a group of law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York, “Please don’t be too nice,


Ever since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has portrayed himself as a law and order candidate, making support for law enforcement officers a pillar of his stump speeches. As president, Trump has drawn criticism for encouraging law enforcement officers to treat suspects harshly, up to and including what sounded to many like support for violating constitutional rights. In April 2017, Trump told a group of law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York, “Please don’t be too nice,
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Trump praises 'stop and frisk,' calls for tougher policing tactics

Ever since launching his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump has portrayed himself as a law and order candidate, making support for law enforcement officers a pillar of his stump speeches.

As president, Trump has drawn criticism for encouraging law enforcement officers to treat suspects harshly, up to and including what sounded to many like support for violating constitutional rights.

In April 2017, Trump told a group of law enforcement officers on Long Island, New York, “Please don’t be too nice,” when detaining suspects. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” he said. “You can take the hand away, OK?”

The comment received applause and laughter from his audience, but swift pushback from law enforcement associations.

Trump’s support for tough policing tactics has also been reflected in policy decisions by his administration, such as the Justice Department’s relaunch of the war on drugs in 2017. On Monday, Trump announced an additional $42 million for what he said were innovative programs to combat the nation’s drug epidemic.

More recently, Trump used his administration’s detention of families caught illegally crossing the U.S. border as an example of how tough he is on crime.

The policy resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents and held in detention starting in the spring of this year. Several federal judges have since ordered that the Trump administration must reunite these children with their parents.

During his speech Monday, Trump attacked Democrats, saying the party’s members had vilified law enforcement officers, especially those with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s account of her alleged sexual assault

Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University. In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told


Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.” “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University. In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told
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Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's account of her alleged sexual assault

Following the rally, Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich responded to the president’s attack on his client with a tweet, calling Trump’s remarks “vicious, vile and soulless.”

“Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” wrote Bromwich.

Until Tuesday, the president had been largely respectful of Ford in public, even as her allegation caused Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to be delayed in order to give the FBI an opportunity to investigate it. Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University.

In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump told reporters he thought Ford’s testimony the day before had been “very compelling. She looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman.”

Yet even as Trump attacked Ford on Tuesday, presumably in order to benefit Kavanaugh, he also appeared to distance himself from the nominee later on in the rally. “I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said of Kavanaugh, whom he nominated to the Supreme Court in early July.

The president’s apparent anger at Ford may also have been a reflection of other frustrations for the president, including a major investigation by The New York Times, published Tuesday, into how Trump and his siblings used aggressive tax avoidance strategies to transfer the real estate fortune of their father, Fred Trump, to their own generation.

A White House response to the Times story Tuesday night read, in part, “Fred Trump has been gone for nearly twenty years and it’s sad to witness this misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times. Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions.”


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White House: Trump was ‘stating facts’ when he mocked Kavanaugh accuser

Trump was merely “stating facts,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, during her first on-camera press briefing in nearly a month. I don’t remember. I don’t remember,” he said, alternating the inflections. I don’t remember. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said of Kavanaugh, whom he nominated to the Supreme Court in early July.


Trump was merely “stating facts,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, during her first on-camera press briefing in nearly a month. I don’t remember. I don’t remember,” he said, alternating the inflections. I don’t remember. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said of Kavanaugh, whom he nominated to the Supreme Court in early July.
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White House: Trump was 'stating facts' when he mocked Kavanaugh accuser

The White House on Wednesday responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to publicly mock Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 1982.

Trump was merely “stating facts,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, during her first on-camera press briefing in nearly a month. “No one is looking at whether the accusation has been corroborated,” she said. “Every single bit of evidence and facts have supported Judge Kavanaugh.”

Sanders said Trump is not concerned that his attack on Ford could influence crucial swing votes in the Senate. “The president is very confident in his nominee,” she said.

She also accused Senate Democrats of “literally trying to undercut the voice of the American people when they elected Donald Trump.”

Asked whether she believed Kavanaugh was a victim as well, she replied, “I think both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats.”

Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday night in Mississippi, Trump mocked Ford’s recollection of her alleged attack, while the crowd cheered and laughed.

“I had one beer!” Trump said, mimicking Ford. “How did you get there? I don’t remember. How did you get home? I don’t remember,” he said, alternating the inflections. “Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know … But I only had one beer! That’s all I remember.”

Until Tuesday, the president had been largely respectful of Ford in public, even as her allegation caused Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to be delayed in order to give the FBI an opportunity to investigate it. Kavanaugh has strenuously denied Ford’s accusation, as well as at least one other credible allegation of sexual misconduct made by a female classmate of his at Yale University.

Sanders said Wednesday that the testimony of Dr. Ford was “compelling,” but added, “You can’t make this decision based on emotion. It has to be based on fact.”

Yet even as Trump attacked Ford on Tuesday, presumably in order to benefit Kavanaugh, he also appeared to distance himself from the nominee later on in the rally. “I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said of Kavanaugh, whom he nominated to the Supreme Court in early July.


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Why it matters whether Rosenstein is fired or he resigns

Rosenstein to meet with Trump on Thursday following reports that he’s out at the DOJ 2 Hours Ago | 01:16The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly hanging in the balance. If Rosenstein were to depart, it was also unclear whether he would be fired, or he would resign. In Rosenstein’s case, this could make a big difference as to whom Trump can select to replace him as deputy attorney general. One hat is that of deputy attorney general. The other is that of acting attorney gen


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Why it matters whether Rosenstein is fired or he resigns

Rosenstein to meet with Trump on Thursday following reports that he’s out at the DOJ 2 Hours Ago | 01:16

The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly hanging in the balance.

It was unclear whether or not Rosenstein, who oversees major parts of the Justice Department, including the special counsel’s Russia probe, would keep his job. Amid conflicting press reports Monday, the White House said Rosenstein will remain in his job for the time being, and he will meet with the president one-on-one on Thursday.

If Rosenstein were to depart, it was also unclear whether he would be fired, or he would resign. In Rosenstein’s case, this could make a big difference as to whom Trump can select to replace him as deputy attorney general.

The question of who would oversee the Russia probe is slightly different, however, because Rosenstein has been effectively wearing two hats since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last year from any role overseeing Robert Mueller’s investigation. One hat is that of deputy attorney general. The other is that of acting attorney general for the Russia probe, because Rosenstein was acting as a stand-in for Sessions.


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Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson claims Kavanaugh allegations are part of a centuries old socialist plot

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford, and he has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegation. A few hours before Carson spoke on Friday, Trump abandoned the uncharacteristic restraint he had shown in recent days when discussing the allegation. “The fearful part is that good people will be afraid to serve their government,” Carson told the Values Voters audience. This experience, Carson said, was the reason that he could identify with Kavanaugh. WATCH: Trump c


Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford, and he has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegation. A few hours before Carson spoke on Friday, Trump abandoned the uncharacteristic restraint he had shown in recent days when discussing the allegation. “The fearful part is that good people will be afraid to serve their government,” Carson told the Values Voters audience. This experience, Carson said, was the reason that he could identify with Kavanaugh. WATCH: Trump c
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Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson claims Kavanaugh allegations are part of a centuries old socialist plot

“They don’t like what America is and what it represents, and they want to change us to another system. In order to do that, there are three things they must control: the education system, the media, and the courts.The first two of those they have,” Carson said. “The other they thought they had, but it was snatched out from under their noses in November of 2016.”

Now, Carson continued, these forces “are like wet hornets, just completely lost control off the deep end, and the further they get away from being able to control the courts the more desperate they become,” he said. “They don’t see themselves as being able to control the courts for another generation, so what is left? Chaos and destruction.”

There is no basis for Carson’s claim that socialists are plotting to take over American civic institutions. A spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development did not immediately return a call from CNBC Friday seeking clarification of Carson’s remarks.

Carson’s comments were also noteworthy in that he was among the first members of Trump’s Cabinet to directly address the allegations, which have divided the nation and, increasingly, threaten to divide the Republican party. The allegations were first reported to two Democratic lawmakers in July, but only became public this month, as Kavanaugh’s confirmation seemed all but assured.

Kavanaugh has denied assaulting Ford, and he has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegation. As of Friday afternoon, representatives for Ford were still negotiating terms under which the California psychology professor would be willing to testify before the committee about what she says was a violent attempted rape in 1982.

A few hours before Carson spoke on Friday, Trump abandoned the uncharacteristic restraint he had shown in recent days when discussing the allegation. The president attacked Ford directly by accusing her of exaggerating what happened, and accusing Democratic lawyers and operatives of plotting to ruin Kavanaugh.

Establishment Republicans were quick to distance themselves Friday from Trump’s remarks. But Carson took them a step further. Not only did he frame the sexual assault allegation in the context of a plot with its roots in the Fabian Society, but he also expressed concern that the allegations against Kavanaugh might deter “good people” from seeking positions in government in the future.

“The fearful part is that good people will be afraid to serve their government,” Carson told the Values Voters audience. “They won’t want to take a chance of their reputation being sullied.”

“Sexual predators is abominable,” Carson quickly added, and there is “no room for it as far as I’m concerned.”

“Having said that, we must always recognize there are two sides to every story. And I can particularly identify” with Kavanaugh, he continued. The secretary then recounted an episode of his life when he was falsely accused of fathering a child out of wedlock. This experience, Carson said, was the reason that he could identify with Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

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Trump’s attack on Kavanaugh’s accuser creates a nightmare scenario for the GOP

After a week of reportedly taking the advice of his White House aides and treading carefully around sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to have had enough. With Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the ropes and the judge’s support among voters plummeting, the president shifted into full-blown attack mode against Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can lear


After a week of reportedly taking the advice of his White House aides and treading carefully around sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to have had enough. With Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the ropes and the judge’s support among voters plummeting, the president shifted into full-blown attack mode against Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can lear
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Trump's attack on Kavanaugh's accuser creates a nightmare scenario for the GOP

After a week of reportedly taking the advice of his White House aides and treading carefully around sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to have had enough.

With Kavanaugh’s confirmation on the ropes and the judge’s support among voters plummeting, the president shifted into full-blown attack mode against Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” he wrote on Twitter Friday. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

Blasey Ford was 15 years old at the time, and she has since said she didn’t tell anyone about the alleged attack, not even her parents, until decades later.

The White House has so far declined to comment on Trump’s tweets attacking Ford, or to answer questions about how they will help to further its monthslong effort to get Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

But the prospect of Trump on the warpath against Ford has created a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress.


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GOP Sen Jeff Flake calls Donald Trump Jr.’s Instagram post ‘sickening’

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Wednesday decried a social media post by the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. which mocked sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump Jr.’s Instagram post was met with swift, harsh criticism from users on the social media platform. In the 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Trump Jr. posted 42 tweets and retweets for his 3 million followers. They included attacks on CNN, The New York Times, NBC News and social


Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Wednesday decried a social media post by the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. which mocked sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump Jr.’s Instagram post was met with swift, harsh criticism from users on the social media platform. In the 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Trump Jr. posted 42 tweets and retweets for his 3 million followers. They included attacks on CNN, The New York Times, NBC News and social
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GOP Sen Jeff Flake calls Donald Trump Jr.'s Instagram post 'sickening'

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Wednesday decried a social media post by the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. which mocked sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is sickening,” Flake wrote on Twitter. “No one should make light of this situation.”

On Sunday, the 40 year-old Trump Jr. posted a photo on Instagram which he sarcastically claimed was a copy of the letter that professor Christine Blasey Ford sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July.

In it, Ford alleged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Ford later described to The Washington Post what she said was a violent attempted rape by Kavanaugh.

Trump Jr. ridiculed the allegation. “Oh boy… the Dems and their usual nonsense games really have him on the ropes now. Finestein [sic] had the letter in July and saved it for the eve of his vote… honorable as always. I believe this is a copy for full transparency,” he wrote.

But instead of posting a letter, Trump Jr. posted an internet meme of a crumpled up love note from a boy named “Bret” to a girl named “Cindy.” The photo is titled “Judge Kavanaughs sexual assault letter found by Dems.”

Trump Jr.’s Instagram post was met with swift, harsh criticism from users on the social media platform. But as of Wednesday, Flake was alone among his Republican Senate colleagues in publicly rebuking Trump Jr. over it.

The retiring senator’s decision to publicly rebuke the president’s son underscored the near diametrically opposite roles that Flake and Trump Jr. have carved out for themselves within the Republican party.

In the nearly two years since Donald Trump senior took office, Flake has evolved into the president’s harshest and most vocal Republican critic in Congress. Flake has frequently said he believes Trump poses a danger to American democracy, and he believes he must confront the president “as a matter of duty and conscience.”

While Flake has become a standard bearer for the Republican opposition to Trump, the president’s son has gone in a very different direction, by embracing some of the most controversial, conspiratorial and at times, offensive views heralded by his father’s supporters on the far-right.

In 2016, Trump Jr. made headlines when he used Twitter to suggest that granting Syrian refugees asylum in the U.S. was equivalent to eating from a bowl of poisoned Skittles candy. “If I had a bowl of Skittles, and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” he wrote.

In recent months, Trump Jr. has used his huge social media reach to falsely attack CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, to compare the Democratic party to the Nazi party and to share racist tweets from other prominent figures on the right, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

In the 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, Trump Jr. posted 42 tweets and retweets for his 3 million followers. They included attacks on CNN, The New York Times, NBC News and social media companies, all favorite targets of the far-right.

Trump Jr. also shared an opinion column suggesting that billionaire Democratic donor George Soros may be the mastermind behind Blasey Ford’s allegations.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-09-20  Authors: christina wilkie, matt mcclain, the washington post, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, republican, post, instagram, flake, jr, social, media, jrs, trump, gop, jeff, letter, sen, posted, presidents, sickening, donald, son


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