In Wheeling, West Virginia, those who came to see the president praised the supreme court nominee and dismissed his accuser
At Donald Trumps rally on Saturday night, attendees came from many states and many walks of life. But they all agreed on one thing: Brett Kavanaugh should be on the US supreme court.
In more than a dozen interviews, attendees did not hesitate. Kavanaughs experience on Thursday, facing questions before the Senate judiciary committee about an allegation of sexual assault, was they said a travesty or a farce. The question was whether the testimony of Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, should even be considered credible.
Trump did not go so far on Thursday, telling reporters Ford was very compelling and a very credible witness. Even Kavanaugh has not doubted her sincerity, denying the charge but saying in testimony he was not questioning that Dr Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time.
At the Trump rally, many did.
Randy Lollini, a 37-year-old business owner from Dillonvale, Ohio, was wearing overalls over a Trump T-shirt and holding a sign referring to the governor of his state, a Trump critic: Kasich Sucks.
To me, he said, anybody that wants to be real about things will absolutely just know that that lady is full of it.
He added: I always say there are people in [the] mideast thats been sex slaves for 10 years and they have more emotional stability than what she showed. And for people to really believe thats how somebodys going to be 35 years after a supposed happening, thats why Trump is elected, because enough people finally realize in the country that were not going to put up with that virtue-signaling any more because its not getting the country anywhere.
Tammy DeWitt, a 52-year-old state employee from Shinnston, West Virginia, also thought Ford was lying.
Its kind of obvious, she said. Thirty-some years later, right when he was getting the nomination, that she all the sudden remembers it. She suggested maybe she was paid by the Democrats, and repeated: They are crucifying that poor man.
Others said Ford was sincere but mistaken. William Gehrig, a 77-year-old retiree from Shadyside, Ohio said: Evidentially she had a terrible experience but it wasnt him.
Chris Leslie, a 47-year-old telecommunications technician from Portsmouth, Ohio, said: I think shes confused. I think someone else there might have perpetrated that crime. Hes got a roommate that looks a lot like him.