Hillary Clinton expressed her opinion on the recent drama over Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on MSNBC.
Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 35 years ago and the claim delayed a Senate confirmation vote.
Discussing the issue with Rachel Maddow on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Clinton said Ford deserves “the benefit of the doubt.”
From RealClear Politics:
“I remember back in the Thomas hearing when Senator Byrd was asked what he was going to do, and he said in a situation like this we should give the benefit of the doubt to the court and the country,” Clinton said Tuesday. “And that’s what the Republicans should be doing right now, from the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Senate, give the benefit of the doubt to the court and the country. And that means having an investigation that will then lead to a hearing that will then lead to a vote if appropriate. And instead, they are playing the hardest of hardballs to try to pack the court with, you know, another nominee, regardless of the questions.”
Clinton also criticized President Trump for what she feels is the president’s “authoritarian tendencies.”
The “authoritarian tendencies that we have seen at work in this administration with this President, left unchecked, could very well result in the erosion of our institutions to an extent that we’ve never imagined possible here,” Clinton said.
And for Clinton, the possibility of Trump with no true congressional check only heightens the importance of the elections in November.
“I think you will only see more of these attacks on our institutions, on our norms, on the rule of law that could do lasting damage,” Clinton said.
Clinton continues to engage in daily politics and refuses to walk off into the sunset.
While Clinton remains popular with Democrats, she wants to use her popularity to drive the liberal base to vote in the November midterm elections.
Clinton’s plan may very well backfire because her consistent media presence could drive Republicans to the polls.