President Donald Trump brought up the nation’s first president when defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday evening, accusing Democrats of being “obstructionists” who would vote against George Washington if he was up for a Supreme Court seat.
The comments came as Trump blasted the numerous accusations that have come against Kavanaugh in recent days and added that he would be watching the hearing where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify on Thursday.
Trying to illustrate his point that Democrats had made up their minds about Kavanaugh’s appointment, the president said even Washington wouldn’t garner votes.
“Look, if we brought George Washington here and we said have George Washington, the Democrats would vote against him, just so you understand,” the president said. “He may have had a bad past, who knows, you know? He may have had, I think, accusations made. Didn’t he have a couple of things in his past? George Washington would be voted against 100 percent by Schumer and the con artists.”
"If we brought George Washington here, and we said 'we have George Washington here,' the Democrats would vote against him, just so you understand. And, he may have had a bad past," Pres. Trump said while answering questions about Brett Kavanaugh. https://t.co/8GaZrRgrEY pic.twitter.com/fyRQxBoDVa— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) September 26, 2018
The remarks left many people on Twitter puzzled.
Trump questioning the sexual past of George Washington is peak 2018— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 26, 2018
We are officially in Bizarro World. Trump is claiming that George Washington was a sex pervert in defense of Kavanaugh. https://t.co/bsegRE30zT— Kevin Bailey (@KevBaile) September 26, 2018
I just looked up what Trump said about George Washington and it's so dumb I put my head through a window; save yourselves— Danielle (@daniellegee) September 26, 2018
I didn't anticipate the attack on George Washington— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) September 26, 2018
Democrats would be absolutely correct to vote against placing a slaveowner on the Supreme Court, for the record.— Matt Ford (@fordm) September 26, 2018
I mean, he owned slaves, so… yes? https://t.co/nT04PqgQxE— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) September 26, 2018
His slave ownership was…a secret? https://t.co/frVVeWDeyB— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 26, 2018
Trump has also brought up that Washington was a slave owner during his much-criticized press conference in the aftermath of the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.