In a defiant letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh said he would “not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.” Trump and other Republicans loudly echoed that assessment, with the president saying he is looking forward to a confirmation vote.
Turmoil in Congress and the executive branch, spilling onto the Supreme Court, has produced a moment of instability whose waves will affect the midterm elections and potentially the future of the Trump presidency.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has criticized the federal response to Hurricane Maria in the past year. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who has been pushing for statehood for the commonwealth, called the president's remarks “disrespectful.”
President Trump is both on home ground and enemy territory this week, back in his beloved Trump Tower in New York and surrounded by diplomats wary of or sometimes hostile to his “America First” nationalism.
The cartoon published in the Indianapolis Star mocked Ford — the professor who alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while both were teenagers — for her requests during a back and forth with Republican senators last week.