Brett Kavanaugh had no idea how close he came to losing his chance at the Supreme Court.
President Trump was furious with him.
And Donald Trump almost dumped Brett Kavanaugh for this reason that no one ever expected.
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows’ new book “The Chief’s Chief” detailed a story from when Meadows was still in Congress.
Meadows flew aboard Air Force One with President Trump in the midst of the left’s smear campaign to destroy Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination with hoax allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford.
In the book, Meadows revealed that what upset Trump was Kavanaugh admitting he liked to drink – Trump famously does not consume alcohol – and what Trump perceived to be Kavanaugh’s apologetic tone in the hearings in response to Democrats trying to smear his character.
Meadows recounted that he told President Trump that ditching Kavanaugh – then-Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett was the likely replacement – would ignite a massive backlash in the conservative base just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections.
During Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, President Donald Trump “strongly considered” dropping the nominee and instead going with a “stronger candidate,” according to a new book by Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows.
It wasn’t because of accusations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford while in high school, but because he’d professed that he “liked beer” during his hearings and was, in Trump’s estimation, being too apologetic.
Meadows writes that Trump, a teetotaler who was “extremely put off” by Kavanaugh’s professed affection for suds, proposed the idea of dropping Kavanaugh during a flight on Air Force One while Meadows was still a sitting congressman. Meadows advised against it for fear the “blowback would be severe.”
Trump sticking by Kavanaugh paid off in the 2018 elections.
Not only did the allegations against Kavanaugh collapse as fabrications, but Republicans also gained two Senate seats as voters punished Democrats for roping the nation into this obvious hoax.
Kavanaugh also appeared to justify Trump’s faith in him during oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health where Kavanaugh’s questions led many court observers to believe Kavanaugh was open to overturning the wrongly decided Roe v. Wade case.
Democrats feared Kavanaugh replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy – who authored the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision that cemented Roe – meant conservatives finally had five votes to end the miscarriage of justice that began in 1973.
That led to the last-minute surprise by Christine Blasey Ford to come forward with her hoax claims that Kavanaugh sexually harassed her when the two attended a party when both were in high school.
But in the end, Donald Trump stuck by Kavanaugh and it’s up to Kavanaugh to justify Trump standing by Kavanaugh with how he votes in the Dobbs case.
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