Chuck Todd: Democrats Around Country Said 'Those Washington Democrats Really Messed Up' Kavanaugh Confirmation

October 19, 2018

MSNBC host Chuck Todd said on Friday that Democrats told him earlier this week that Senate Democrats "messed up" the confirmation process of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The "Meet the Press Daily" host was discussing Kavanaugh being a factor in the midterms when he mentioned his personal experience speaking with Democrats and how they were irked over how Democrats in Congress handled Kavanaugh.

"In my travels this week, no Democrat would say it on the record. It was amazing how consistent—some of them were people running. Some of them were people advising. Some of them were people voting," Todd said. "All of them were going, 'Boy, the Democrats really messed up this Kavanaugh thing. Those Washington Democrats messed up this thing.' Some of them went by name and name-checked some of these Democrats."

One of his panelists, former Rep. Donna Edwards (D., Md.), said that this frustration is why a lot of Democrats have decided to just ignore the Kavanaugh and Supreme Court issues to focus on others that are pertinent to their districts.

"They are talking about health care. They are talking about the thing that people care about," Edwards said. "This is where I think that it gets very hard for Republicans in those places that they need to turn because they don't have a message on health care and really they don't have a message on tax cuts because those tax cuts didn't help people at home, so he's ditched all of that."

"This national narrative that we sit around and talk about every day is not playing out in a Kentucky district that needs to be swung or Philadelphia districts that need to be turned," Edwards added.

The Senate, in a 50-48 vote, confirmed Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court earlier this month. Following the confirmation and swearing-in ceremony, President Donald Trump slammed Democrats for the way they handled the process and treated Kavanaugh and his family in response to sexual misconduct allegations against him.

"I thought the way they behaved was absolutely atrocious," Trump said. "I have never seen anything like it, from the leaks of the important documents to the statements they made to watching [Sen. Richard] Blumenthal, who was a fraudster for what he did in Vietnam, and what he did was horrible … The way they tortured [Kavanaugh] and his family, I thought it was a disgrace. I thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances I've ever seen."

He later addressed rumors Democrats might try to impeach Kavanaugh if they take back control of Congress next month, calling the idea "an insult to the American public."

"I think you are going to see a lot of things happen on November 6 that would not have happened before. The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats," Trump said. "When you mention ‘impeach' a justice of the United States Supreme Court, who was a top scholar, top student, top intellect and who did nothing wrong … It was all made-up, it was fabricated, and it's a disgrace. And I think it's gonna really show you something come November 6."

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said recently that House Democrats are "not about impeachment" when discussing Kavanaugh, HuffPost reported that at least seven of the 17 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have publicly supported an investigation to see if Kavanaugh should be impeached if the party takes back control of the House.