Would not surprise me.
Courtesy of Politico:
Four people close to the White House said they expected Republicans to question the accuser’s vague memories and why Feinstein, up for reelection in November with Democratic base hungry for anti-Trump fodder, sat on the accusations for months. Three of them also said they expect the president to go after Kavanaugh’s accuser rather than to turn on the judge. Those people noted that Trump has done so before, not just denouncing his own accusers but also attacking those of others, notably, failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
A lawyer close to the White House said the nomination will not be withdrawn.
“No way, not even a hint of it,” the lawyer said. “If anything, it’s the opposite. If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.”
Trump does indeed have a long history of defending those accused of sexual misconduct and attacking their accusers.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
That came out after White House aide Rob Porter was accused of spousal abuse.
Trump also defended Roy Moore after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl:
“He totally denies it.”
Trump also defended Corey Lewandowski when he was accused of physically assaulting a reporter:
“How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?”
Roger Ailes also got the benefit of Trump’s doubt, but not his accusers:
“I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” Donald Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him. And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him.”
“It’s very sad,” Trump lamented. “Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly.”
Hell, Trump even defended Mike Tyson back in 1992:
“It’s my opinion that, to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case… You have a young woman that was in his room, his hotel room late in the evening at her own will. You have a young woman who was seen dancing for the beauty contest [the next day], dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as could be.”
It’s always the female accuser’s fault, isn’t it?
So will Trump pile on with the rest of the GOP attack dogs and attempt to impugn the character of this brave woman who has come forward for the good of the country?
Oh yeah, I think that is a given.
And when that happens I hope some of these GOP women, who are supposedly on the fence, think long and hard about whether they want to be on the side of the female victim or her attacker and the man who always thinks the accuser is lying.
Because I can guarantee them that this vote could change everything about their future in politics.