Drain what swamp? Trump’s supporters embrace Kavanaugh, member of a class they once rebuked. | News Sponsored by

by TrumpShop.Net on Oct 06, 2018

Jenna Johnson National political correspondent covering campaigns and voters October 6 at 12:50 PM ROCHESTER, Minn. — At the heart of President Trump’s political movement is this paradox: A wealthy reality television star who lived in a gold-encrusted Manhattan penthouse was able to gather a dedicated following of the less privileged and launch a war against his own social class. Brett M. Kavanaugh — who has lived most of his life in the Washington area, attended elite schools and worked in George W. Bush’s administration — was exactly the type of “political elite” whose swamp Trump and those supporters once said they wanted to drain. Yet Trump and his rally crowds are now firmly behind Kavanaugh, to the point where audiences sometimes chant “Kav-a-naugh” in addition to “Drain the swamp,” two ideas that would seem to be in forceful opposition to one another. It’s an alliance formed around a common cause and, increasingly, against a common enemy: Democrats, or anyone who tries to stand in the way of Trump notching wins. Although Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and current White House counselor, once described the Trump movement as “us vs. the elite,” it has since become them versus everybody else. They are not embracing populism, though it once seemed so. They are embracing anything touched by Trump. Trump, Kavanaugh and their now-fierce band of supporters merge on multiple fronts. ‘Willing to go to the mat’: How Trump and Republicans carried Kavanaugh to the cusp of confirmation Kavanaugh adopted Trump’s angry tone of grievance and raw emotion as he testified that he did not sexually assault Christine Blasey Ford when they were in high school. He snapped at Democrats and alleged that the accusations against him were “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump.” Besides the attitudinal similarity, there was the political one: Kavanaugh’s known beliefs square with those of both Trump and his supporters. And, on a lighter note, his avowed fondness for beer struck the same everyman note as Trump’s affinity for cheap fast food. Several Trump

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