Trump makes a vague threat to unnamed Democratic senator while defending Kavanaugh during a press conference.
Business Insider reported that “Trump issued a vague threat to an unnamed Democratic senator during a Monday press conference while addressing scrutiny of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking habits.”
Trump was fielding questions from reporters about an FBI investigation into sexual-misconduct allegations when he said he supported Kavanaugh being interviewed. But he cast doubt on Senate Democrats’ apparent interest in the judge’s drinking habits in high school and college.
Asked whether he would allow the FBI to widen its investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations, Trump responded that “the FBI should interview anybody they want within reason.”
Continuing, Trump said that if the allegations against Kavanaugh were really true, they would have come up “over the last 20, 30 years of his career.
“They’re going back to high school, they’re saying he drank a lot one evening in high school,” Trump said, adding: “I happen to know some United States senators, one who is on the other side, who is pretty aggressive. I’ve seen that person in very bad situations. O.K.? I’ve seen that person in very, very bad situations. Somewhat compromising. And you know, I think it’s very unfair to bring up things like this.”
Trump publicly dangling blackmail material, which he refers to as “compromising situations,” at some unnamed Democratic Senator. pic.twitter.com/meZb28zaJN
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 1, 2018
Later in the press conference, Trump was asked to elaborate on his remark by a reporter.
“You just said some senators are not angels, and you’ve seen some of them in very compromising situations. Could you tell us who and exactly what situations you’ve seen them in?” the reporter asked.
Trump responded, “No, no, I think I will save it for a book like everybody else, and I will write it. I’m not giving it to you.”
Reporter: You said some senators are not angels, and you've seen many of them in compromising situations. Can you tell us who and exactly what situations? @POTUS: I think I will save it for a book like everybody else, and I will write it. https://t.co/pox12C4iJr pic.twitter.com/xj7TGZOoxO
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2018
Vanity Fair took a less literal approach to reporting on Trump’s remarks:
October 1, 2018, was your typical day for the Trump administration and its various hangers-on. Donald Trump bragged about a “historic” achievement—in this case, the “new” NAFTA agreement—while failing to mention that the pact, which he wrecked diplomatic relations with Canada to secure, is essentially a rebrand with some minor changes cribbed from Barack Obama. Sarah Huckabee Sanders ripped a reporter’s head off and used it for batting practice. Donald Trump Jr. proved once and for all that he’s a sentient bottle of Axe body spray. Oh, and the president of the United States suggested he has incriminating dirt on a U.S. senator that could be used for blackmail, if he so chooses.
Vanity Fair concluded their article, reporting that this was not the only incident that occurred during that press conference:
And in case you were wondering, yes, this all happened during the same press conference in which the president both insulted a female reporter, telling her, “I know you’re not thinking, you never do,” and accidentally admitted that anyone watching the Kavanaugh hearing came away with the impression that Tobin, P.J., and Squi’s buddy was a raging drunk, at least during his Georgetown Prep and Yale years. All in all, a red-letter day for POTUS!