President Donald Trump told reporters that the Senate Democrats demanding answers for the accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh are not “angels.”
“I watch those senators on the Democrat side and I thought it was a disgrace,” Trump told reporters gathered at the White House for a press conference on the new trade agreement reached between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. “Partially because I know them. I know them too well. You know what? They are not angels.”
Trump expounded on the “angels” allegation later on in the press conference when asked about the timetables for the FBI investigation.
“Look at Blumenthal. He lied about Vietnam — he didn’t just say ‘Hey, I went to Vietnam.’ For 15 years he said he was a war hero. He fought in Da-Nang province. We call him Da-Nang Richard. … He never went to Vietnam. And he’s up there saying, ‘We need honesty, and we need integrity.’ This guy lied.”
Blumenthal lied multiple times about serving in Vietnam, saying he “misspoke” about his stolen valor.
Trump continued, speaking about Blumenthal, “Here’s a guy [who] lied, and he’s up there talking like he’s holier-than-thou. You know what? Take a look at his record. And when he got out, and when he apologized, he was crying.”
Trump was not done yet. The president went after Cory Booker.
“Take a look at Cory Booker. He ran Newark, New Jersey, into the ground. He was a horrible mayor. And he made statements that, when he was in high school or college, what he was doing, he actually made the statements. And now he is talking about Judge Kavanaugh.”
Trump may have been referring to an article written by Booker admitting to getting drunk and groping an intoxicated woman.
Finally, Tump moved on to Dianne Feinstein, saying the the reporter, “You’re telling me about time. Dianne Feinstein knew about this two months earlier. If she wanted a really thorough investigation, we had all the time in the world. She didn’t have to wait until after the hearing was closed, essentially. She should have said, ‘Listen, I have a problem. I have this report. I would like the FBI to look at it while we’re doing the hearings.’ We had two months … and then she probably leaked it. But, you know, who am I to say?”
Feinstein had the allegations for months before they were made public on the eve of the Kavanaugh vote to advance the nomination by the Judiciary Committee.