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Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump says he feels "so badly" that his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, is facing sexual assault allegations.

"I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this ... I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredibly lovely woman, and for his beautiful young daughters."
— Trump, speaking at a press conference with the president of Poland

The context: Trump placed blame on the Democrats for bringing up the allegations so close to the scheduled vote on his nomination. "It should have been brought to the fore …long ago," Trump said. Democrats, he said, "just resist and they just obstruct. Frankly, I think they’re lousy on policy and they’re lousy politicians."

John Decker: "On Judge Kavanaugh, yesterday you said, 'We want to go through a full process.' You said, 'We want to make sure everything is perfect, everything is just right.' To that end, what would be the problem with the FBI reopening their background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh?"

President Trump: "I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you. I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this. This should have been brought to the fore it should have been brought up long ago and that's what you have hearings for. You don't wait till the hearing is over then all of a sudden bring it up. When Senator Feinstein sat with judge Kavanaugh for a long period of time, a long long meeting. She had this letter, why didn't she bring it up? ... With all of that, I feel that the Republicans, and I can speak for myself, we should go through a process because there shouldn't even be a little doubt, there shouldn't be a doubt. ... And honestly I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredible lovely woman, and for his beautiful young daughters. I feel terribly for them."

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Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

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