Trump’s Kavanaugh Tactics: Come Out Swinging, Energize The Base

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) (L-R) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy walk into the Ea... WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 08: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) (L-R) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy walk into the East Room of the White House for Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing in October 08, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was confirmed in the Senate 50-48 after a contentious process that included several women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 9, 2018 7:31 am
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President Donald Trump’s decision to go on the offensive and refuse to apologize regarding Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations seems to reveal a midterm strategy: energize the base and consider Kavanaugh’s opponents lost votes anyway.

According to a Monday New York Times report, Trump is taking a risk to get lethargic conservatives fired up with the “man unfairly accused” narrative, taking a chance that those who react badly to that messaging would not have supported his candidates anyway.

The real question now, and for the new few weeks, is which base is more angry, energized and motivated?

Per the Times, there is a stark partisan divide over Kavanaugh support. Democrat men and women strongly oppose Kavanaugh, while Republican men and women strongly support him. Among independents, men more readily support Kavanaugh while women generally side with the accusers.

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