Evangelical leaders are concerned that Republicans haven’t done enough to protect Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whose confirmation may be derailed by a sexual assault allegation, The New York Times reports.
First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress told the Times that he doesn’t know if Kavanaugh or his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is telling the truth, “but I can say with absolute certainty,” he added, “that the Democrats don’t care who is telling the truth. Their only interest is in delaying and derailing this confirmation.”
“The White House is walking a tightrope,” he continued. “They cannot summarily dismiss these allegations and alienate G.O.P. and independent female voters in the midterms. Neither can they abandon a nominee they and their base strongly support.”
“One of the political costs of failing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is likely the loss of the United States Senate,” said Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition founder who is frequently in touch with the White House.
“If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee,” he added, “then it will be very difficult to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November.”
Franklin Graham said earlier this week: “I hope the Senate is smarter than this, and they’re not going to let this stop the process from moving forward and confirming this man.”
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