Trump on Hillary Clinton’s Criticism of Kavanaugh Swearing-in: ‘I Guess That’s Why She Lost’

By Melanie Arter | October 9, 2018 | 2:13 PM EDT

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

( – Hillary Clinton on Tuesday criticized Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s swearing-in as a “political rally” staged by the president, to which President Donald Trump said, “I guess that’s why she lost.”

After announcing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation, Trump was asked to comment on Hillary Clinton’s comments that the swearing-in was more of a political rally than it was a national event.

“I guess that’s why she lost,” Trump said. “She doesn’t get it. She never did. I knew that a long time ago. Hillary never got it. That’s why she lost.”

In an interview with CNN’s Christine Amanpour, Clinton said, “What was done last night in the White House was a political rally. It further undermined the image and integrity of the court, and that troubles me greatly.

“It saddens me, because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government. So I don't know how people are going to react to it. I think, given our divides, it will pretty much fall predictably between those who are for and those who are against," she said.

"But the President's been true to form," Clinton said. "He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign — really for many years leading up to the campaign. And he's continued to do that inside the White House."

Clinton said former President Bill Clinton “had to be incredibly strong -- first to get elected, then to get re-elected and to survive, and it was not easy by any means, obviously. But he really believes that Democrats have to be tougher."

She said the former president will “have things to say about his own experience and how it applies here" and that he thinks Democrats will “have to stand up to the bullying and intimidation" from the GOP.

During Kavanaugh’s swearing-in Monday, Trump apologized “on behalf of our nation” to Kavanaugh and his family “for the terrible pain and suffering” he was “forced to endure.”

“Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process," he said.

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