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Kavanaugh Confirmation

Mitch McConnell: 'I'm stronger than mule piss'

Stronger than steel, stronger than concrete, and stronger than diamonds is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And he knows he's strong — even stronger than "mule piss."

McConnell chose the unpleasant substance to express to President Trump just how committed he was to pushing Brett Kavanaugh through to Supreme Court confirmation, The New York Times reported this weekend.

Senate Republicans reportedly worried that Kavanaugh might not make it, after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came to light. But when Trump questioned the GOP's dedication to his nominee, McConnell reassured him that he was absolutely determined. "I'm stronger than mule piss" on this guy, he reportedly said.

The declaration seemed to buoy Trump in the face of Kavanaugh's challenge, though the president was apparently not impressed by Kavanaugh's flat performance denying sexual assault allegations on Fox News. After Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh forcibly groped her in the 1980s, Senate Republicans started to worry. "Disaster," one reportedly texted, citing her credibility.

But McConnell rallied Republicans back on Team Kavanaugh in the next few days, with a little help from those who protested his confirmation. "The tactics that were used completely backfired," McConnell said of the protesters. "The effort to humiliate us really helped me unify my conference. So I want to thank these clowns for all the help they provided." Read more at The New York Times.