During a candid discussion on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, First Lady Melania Trump spoke about the controversy surrounding new Supreme Court associate justice, Brett Kavanaugh.
The three-week dissection of the shock allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who told a Senate panel that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago, and his ferocious denial did little to change minds.
The "hoax" remark is the furthest the president has gone in trying to discredit Ford and other accusers.
To cheers of supporters at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Trump declared it an "historic night", not long after signing the paperwork to make Kavanaugh's status official. She said on the Senate floor late Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".
"The women of this country identify with Dr [Christine Blasey] Ford and will not forget what is happening here", said Neera Tanden, the president of the Centre for American Progress.
The president additionally lauded efforts by both Kavanaugh and Senate Republicans to keep working towards the confirmation process amid the controversy, claiming that "a lot of people would've said, 'let's give it up, let's go a different direction'".
Ahead of the United States mid-term elections, Mr Trump added: "I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on 6 November that would not have happened before". Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.
In a Fox News interview the night before the full Senate vote, McConnell repeatedly called the protestors a "mob", saying they "stood up to the mob" and that they "relearned" the lesson that "you should not allow mobs to intimidate you".
He predicted during his morning White Hous departure that midterm voters will reward Republican lawmakers who supported Kavanaugh, defying conventional wisdom that suggests Democrats have momentum fueled by resentful protesters.
Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations with a blistering partisan attack at a September 27 Senate hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.
EDITOR'S NOTE - Julie Pace has covered the White House and politics for The Associated Press since 2007.
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Trump was in Kansas to campaign for Kris Kobach, secretary of state and the Republican nominee for governor, and Steve Watkins, the Republican nominee in the 2nd Congressional District of eastern Kansas.
Asked about the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that day, Carrey added, "Today is not the end of the world".
He said Saturday he thinks Republicans "are going to do incredibly well" in the elections after Kavanaugh's confirmation.