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Trump Boosts Ethanol Shift at Iowa Rally, Urges Base to Vote

2018-10-10 18:27
US President Donald Trump celebrated the swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday as he seeks to boost Republican enthusiasm going into next month's midterm elections. Speaking at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Trump said Kavanaugh was "proudly" sworn in Monday in a ceremonial event at the White House, saying he joins another justice he appointed, Neil Gorsuch, on the high court "to defend your rights, your constitution and your God-given freedom." Trump's mention of Kavanaugh drew rave applause from the crowd of thousands in the eastern Iowa city. Kavanaugh faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct as the Senate considered his nomination. He was confirmed on Saturday. Trump said: "I want to thank our incredible Republican senators for refusing to back down." He also praised Iowa's Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, as "a very tough cookie" for how he handled the confirmation process The crowd also chanted "Lock her up!" about Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Trump mocked Feinstein's denial of being the source of leaked allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Trump said Tuesday of Feinstein: "Did she leak that? 100 percent." He quickly added: "I don't want to get sued so 99 percent."