The Washingon Post actually gives President Trump credit without overdoing the attacks on him – including a headline calling him the “ultimate fighter.”
Once again, Trump went with his instincts, against the advice of those who supposedly know better. He was accused of “mocking” Christine Blasey Ford. While I have sympathy for her, assuming something terrible did happen to her, the fact is she put herself out there in a debate that would determine the future of the Supreme Court and potentially ruin a man and his family. Trump’s point was that she needed to have some proof, and she didn’t have any, and his effort to highlight this helped change the debate.
From the piece:
Again and again, President Trump was instructed not to do it. A cadre of advisers, confidants and lawmakers all urged him — implored him, really — not to personally attack the women who had accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
So he did it anyway.
Addressing thousands at a boisterous rally in Mississippi, Trump relied on his own visceral sense of the moment and mocked Christine Blasey Ford for gaps in her memory, directly impugning the accuser’s credibility.
Establishment Republicans initially reacted with horror. But Trump’s 36-second off-script jeremiad proved a key turning point toward victory for the polarizing nominee, White House officials and Kavanaugh allies said, turbocharging momentum behind Kavanaugh just as his fate appeared most in doubt.
And in Washington, Republican senators — though they condemned Trump’s mockery of Ford — felt emboldened to aggressively demand Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which became a near-certainty Friday and looks to become official with a vote Saturday.
“As long as he was willing to go to the mat for him, it fortified probably people up here, too,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chamber’s third-ranking Republican leader.
THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS NOMINATED TRUMP. Rubio or Jeb probably would have caved, perhaps influenced by a survivor of sexual assault with an agenda, as Jeff Flake was. Trump stood his ground.