Washington : President Donald Trump on Friday reaffirmed support to his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and asked the senators to confirm him, after a gripping Senate hearing in which the judge dismissed the allegations of sexual assault made by a clinical psychology professor as a “calculated and orchestrated political hit”.

Americans were glued to their television sets for eight hours on Thursday as the historic hearing opened with an emotionally chocked Christine Blasey Ford, 51, recounting the 36 years old incident which “drastically altered her life”.

Asserting that she felt it was her “civic duty” to share her story, Ford said at the age of 15 she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in 1982 at a party. Both were in high school in suburban Maryland at that time.

A furious Kavanaugh, 53, denied the allegations in a passionate defence. “I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford. I have never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever. I am innocent of this charge,” he said, repeatedly fighting back tears.

“This whole two week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” an aggressive Kavanaugh said in a tirade directed at Democrats. Within moments of the proceedings concluding, Trump firmly backed Kavanaugh, saying, “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting.”

“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him…Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote,” Trump tweeted.

The Senate judiciary committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is set to vote on Kavanaugh’s recommendation late on Friday before the nomination goes to the full Senate.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign set up for Ford saw $450,000 donations as she delivered an emotional testimony in front of the committee on Thursday.

Kavanaugh’s ‘beer’ obsession on Twitter

Washington: Hours after US SC nominee Brett Kavanaugh raved about his love for beer during sexual assault hearing, the Twitter users went berserk making ‘beer’ trend on the micro-blogging site. During his testimony, Kavanaugh talked at length about his drinking habits as a teen. “I liked beer, I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone.”

This gave fodder to the twitterverse as comments regarding Kavanaugh’s “unapologetic love for beer” started trending on the social networking site soon after the testimony.

The author of Normal Girl, novelist Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, “Brett Kavanaugh will not apologise for loving beer and being an angry drunk.”

Journalist Craig Melvin also appreciated Kavanaugh’s love for beer and tweeted, “One major takeaway so far? Judge Kavanaugh liked beer and still very much likes beer.”

A user wrote, “To sum up Kavanaugh today, he insinuated a female Senator was drunk, yelled at her, argued, yelled at and spoke over other female/male Senators, lied, yelled, HE LIKES BEER, cried over Calendars, blamed democrats, blamed the Clintons & was unhinged. End. #KavanaughHearings.”    —Agencies

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