Donald Trump Jr. Lashes Out in Twitter Defense of Brett Kavanaugh as President Shows Unusual Restraint

President Donald Trump, who rarely shies away from voicing his opinions, has thus far give a restrained defense of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid a woman's recent allegations of sexual assault. Instead, the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has been the outspoken flamethrower in the debate as Kavanaugh awaits his confirmation vote.

Trump has not posted on Twitter, his favorite sounding off platform, about Kavanaugh since the judge's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, claimed to The Washington Post on Sunday that Kavanaugh forced himself on her by groping her over her clothes and attempting to undress her during a party when she was 15 and he was 17.

On Tuesday, Trump said, "This is not a man who deserves this," and that the allegations "should've been brought up long ago." The president also said Democrats "just resist and they just obstruct," but did not launch fiery words as he regularly does.

Trump Jr., meanwhile, has sent numerous tweets about Kavanaugh since Ford detailed her allegations, many of them questioning the truthfulness of her claims.

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In an Instagram post on Sunday, Trump Jr. posted a fake, childish love note from Kavanaugh referencing a letter from Ford that Senator Dianne Feinstein received in July but did not disclose it at the time, honoring the accuser's wish to remain anonymous.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake on Wednesday afternoon tweeted of Trump Jr.'s Instagram post: "This is sickening. No one should make light of this situation."

Trump's eldest son on Tuesday night retweeted Trump supporter Jeff Giesea's comment that Ford's decision not to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee showed that allegation of sexual assault was nothing more than a "political stunt."

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Also on Tuesday, Trump Jr. tweeted a Breitbart News story headlined, "Third Person that Kavanaugh Accuser Claims Was at Party Denies Incident," and a Fox News story headlined, "Feinstein blames GOP after Kavanaugh accuser stays mum, admits 'I can't say everything's truthful,'" adding the commentary, "Textbook."

Besides doubting Ford's claims, Trump Jr. attacked Feinstein, who is the leading Democrat on the committee overseeing Kavanaugh's confirmation, for her timing in revealing the letter and again questioned the validity of the allegations.

"Could this explain why Feinstein held it for 2 months and when she realized he would otherwise be confirmed she threw a political Hail Mary?" Trump Jr. tweeted Tuesday. "As the father of girls and boys this overt politicization is both very disturbing and alarming."

"One more logical question is if Feinstein took it seriously why did she sit on it for 2 months?" Trump Jr. said in another tweet.

Trump Jr. continued on the issue Wednesday, tweeting, "The New York Times issues major correction to Kavanaugh sexual assault story," along with the link to a Washington Examiner opinion piece slamming the Times for incorrectly stating that a witness remembered the alleged assault episode. The apparent typo had been swiftly corrected.

Trump Jr. has emerged as one of his father's most vocal defenders on social media and has taken a leading role on the campaign trail ahead of the November midterm elections.

Donald Trump Jr., Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford
Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally for his father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at Ahern Manufacturing on November 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. Trump Jr. has been outspoken in defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. David Becker/Getty Images
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