'Kavanaugh' chants erupt at Trump rally in Missouri

'Kavanaugh' chants erupt at Trump rally in Missouri
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A crowd of Trump supporters broke out in chants supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, during a Friday night campaign rally in Springfield, Mo.

Chants erupted following Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's (R) praise of Trump's move to put "pro-Constitution" justices on the Supreme Court.


"The president said he was going to put pro-Constitution judges on the bench," Hawley said, being interrupted by chants of "Kavanaugh." "And he has."

"Judges who love the Constitution. Judges who love our country. Judges like Brett Kavanaugh," Hawley added, to applause.

"Talk about Central Casting," Trump later added of his Supreme Court pick. "He was born for the U.S. Supreme Court — and it's going to happen.”

Trump traveled to Missouri on Friday to stump for Hawley, who is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill MORE.

Trump slammed McCaskill for announcing that she would not vote for the judge, again defending Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford.

"We have to fight for him, not worry about the other side, and by the way, women are for that more than anybody would understand," Trump said.

Ford went public with her allegations against Kavanaugh on Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post. She said that, during a party when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothes, putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams.

Kavanaugh and the White House have fiercely denied the allegations, which have upended the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court and delayed the confirmation process as the Senate Judiciary Committee seeks to speak with both individuals next week.

The Judiciary Committee announced earlier Friday that it would postpone a high-stakes hearing set for early next week on Ford's sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh.

McCaskill leads Hawley by a slim margin in the state's Senate race.

Nonpartisan political handicapper Cook Political Report has rated the Missouri Senate race as a “toss-up.” An NBC/Marist Poll released earlier this month showed the two candidates in a statistical tie