The Republican Party’s woman problem is in the spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Republican men will soon judge the credibility of a woman accusing President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault.

An extraordinary moment years in the making, never before has the GOP’s woman problem been more exposed.

Thursday’s showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee comes six weeks before the 2018 midterm elections amid a political realignment of the sexes that could shape U.S. elections for a generation.

There are political risks for both sides.

But a vocal minority in Trump’s GOP warned that their party’s strained relationship with women could suffer permanent damage if the Republicans who control the confirmation process ignore mounting allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct and give Brett Kavanaugh a lifetime seat on the nation’s high court. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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