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Lindsey Graham unloads on Senate Democrats in Kavanaugh testimony rant

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Sen.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina railed against his Democratic
colleagues during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation
hearing

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Loeb/Reuters


  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted his Democratic
    colleagues during a confirmation hearing over allegations of
    sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh. 
  • “When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that
    Lindsey said hello because I voted for them. I would never do
    to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most
    unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” he said.

  • Watch live updates of Ford’s
    testimony here.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Supreme Court
nominee Brett Kavanaugh over allegations he sexually assaulted
Christine Blasey Ford when both were in high school in the early
1980s, Sen. Lindsey Graham used his allotted time to blast his
Democratic colleagues. 

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat
open, and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that. Not me. You’ve
got nothing to apologize for,” he said.

“When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said
hello because I voted for them. I would never do to them what
you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since
I’ve been in politics,” he added, referring to President Barack
Obama’s Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Addressing Democrats and then Kavanaugh, Graham said, “You had no
intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None. She’s as much of a victim
as you are. God, I hate to say it because these have been my
friends. But let me tell you, when it comes to this, you’re
looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the
wrong time, my friend.”

When Kavanaugh told Graham that he’d “been to hell and then some”
over the allegations, Graham responded, “This is not a job
interview, this is hell.” 

Graham then went on to discuss Kavanaugh’s reported good
character and strong ethical standards, arguing that the behavior
of assaulting women would have continued long after his high
school days had it been true. 

“This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come
forward because of this crap,” he continued. “You have interacted
with professional women all your life. Not one accusation. You’re
supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high
school. And all of a sudden, you got over it.” 

Graham ended his fiery remarks by calling on his fellow
Republicans not to vote against Kavanaugh over the allegations.
“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing
the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics. You
want this seat, I hope you never get it.”

Turning to Kavanaugh, he said, “I hope you’re on the Supreme
Court. That’s exactly where you should be.” 

Earlier in the day, Graham told reporters that Democrats can expect their judicial nominees
to also face misconduct allegations in the
future
“If this is the new norm, you better watch
out for your nominees,” he said. 

Watch Graham’s full remarks:

 

Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the Ford-Kavanaugh
hearing:

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