Amy McGrath now says that she would not have voted in favor of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court after all – just hours after she said she'd have it. probably ", provoking a violent reaction from progressive activists supporting his bid to overthrow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The tragic fall of the public blurred McGrath's momentum the same day she announced that her campaign had raised $ 2.5 million in the first 24 hours. This has also fueled criticism from both Republicans and Democrats that the Marines Fighting Airman might not be a conqueror of politics in Congress following his statement Tuesday that the election of the President Trump was similar to the September 11 terrorist attacks and his defeat in the House. year.
"You know, I think with Judge Kavanaugh, yes, I probably would have voted for him," McGrath told The Louisville Courier-Journal on Wednesday. She also said that it was a "good question" to ask.
"I did not listen to all the hearings, I do not think there was anything, and I'm neither a lawyer nor a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I do not know the criteria, "McGrath suggested. "But Judge Kavanaugh worried me a lot.What I felt were the far right positions that he had.However, nothing in his record could disqualify him in any way And the fact is that when you have the President and the Senate, it's our system, so I do not think anything would have disqualified it from my mind. "
Although Ms. McGrath described Kavanaugh's allegations of sexual misconduct in high school as "credible" by Christine Blasey Ford, she reiterated that she did not consider them "disqualifying".
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"Well, I think I think it's credible, but considering the time that has elapsed between and from a judicial standpoint, I do not think it would really disqualify him." "said McGrath.
Barely four hours after the publication of his remarks, McGrath tweeted a mea culpa that immediately drew contempt from Democrats and Republicans.
"I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered on the basis of his competence to sit on the Supreme Court." But after reflection and understanding of his case, I would have voted no, "wrote McGrath.
"I know that I've disappointed a lot today with my initial response on how I would have voted on Brett Kavanaugh, I'm going to make mistakes and still recognize them." The priority is to defeat Mitch McConnell. "
The reaction on social media was ruthless.
"This, my friends, is what we call an untrammeled mistake," said journalist Yashar Ali.
"Take your third position later, the night is young," said Jake Wilkins, Communications Director of North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer.
Read the headline of an article on the left blog Jezebel: "Unfortunately, the woman who is trying to dislodge Mitch McConnell is also a kind of lollipop."
McGrath narrowly lost a home race against an outgoing Republican in Kentucky last year. During this race, McGrath criticized Kavanaugh and suggested that he not support his confirmation, which led some prominent social media commentators to blame McGrath for a double flip-flop.
"I echo many of the concerns expressed by others about the appointment of Justice (Brett) Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," McGrath wrote in July 2018 on Facebook. "He has been opposed to women's reproductive rights, workers' rights and consumer protection and will be among the most partisan people ever considered by the court".
In a tweet Wednesday, McGrath added, "I share the concerns expressed about the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh." He spoke out against women's reproductive rights, workers' rights, consumer protection and is a strong supporter, and we recall once again that elections have consequences, and it will be with us for a generation. "
And after Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh was revealed, McGrath said she found her "convincing".
"It really matters to me, not to mention the great disparity in temperament and behavior in their testimony," wrote McGrath in a Facebook post in September 2018. "Dr. Ford's testimony was very convincing. "
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The launch of McGrath's campaign on Tuesday was facilitated by a breathtaking news report by NBC News a few hours earlier that McConnell's distant ancestors owned slaves – a revelation blunted by McConnell pointing out that the ancestors of President Barack Obama have done the same.
At another memorable moment, an impatient MSNBC presenter also urged McGrath to tell viewers how they could easily donate to his online campaign.
For her part, despite the apparent assistance of NBC, McGrath acknowledged Tuesday that she had a difficult task in defeating one of the most rooted officials in Washington. But she said she considers him vulnerable because of his long term in Washington and his position on health care.
His decision to participate in the race was a rare victory for Democratic senator Chuck Schumer of New York, who struggled to persuade top-level candidates in other states to take over the Republicans in place with control of the Senate in question.
The contest will also test the power of the incumbent president facing a call for generational change, and Trump's track record of popularity is transferable.
McGrath will almost certainly be able to raise enough funds to stage a serious challenge against McConnell, 77, but she remains an outsider decided in a state that has not elected Democrat in the Senate since Wendell Ford since 1992.
"I've always been someone who took over when I was invited, when I felt that my country needed me, and that's where I was. 39, one of those opportunities, "McGrath said in an interview.
She stated that Kentucky voters are not supporters of either political party and that they supported Trump in part because of his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington, DC to lower the price of drugs and to offer a more effective alternative to the Affordable Care Act.
"These things did not happen because of men like Senator McConnell," she said.
McConnell reacted quickly in a Twitter message that foresaw what a race between him and McGrath would look like. The tweet enshrined a series of quotes from McGrath who described her as a senseless liberal who also opposed Trump, including his call for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
McConnell's campaign manager, Kevin Golden, said McGrath had lost in 2018 "in a Democratic election because she is an extreme Liberal who is far from contact with the Kentuckians".
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The tone of the majority in the Senate was more optimistic. "It will be a lively race," he told the Capitol on Tuesday. He says unlike others: "I love the countryside."
Sam Dorman of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.