Judge Brett Kavanaugh fought back against the Democrats with a passionate defense of his character likely saving his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh’s opening statement set the aggressive tone against the Democrats which he maintained throughout the hearing.
Fox News reports:
Kavanaugh let loose in his hearing appearance, abandoning much of his prepared remarks to blast the process as a “disgrace” and a “circus,” and later sparring with Democratic senators. The hearing ended Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh.
“This confirmation process has become a national disgrace,” Kavanaugh told the committee. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy.”
The Supreme Court nominee received a huge boost from South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who delivered a decimating statement against the Democrats.
Graham, in a passionate statement, called out the Democrats for playing politics with the confirmation process.
The New York Times reports:
“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020,” Mr. Graham, red-faced and dropping all pretenses of legislative comity, yelled at his Democratic colleagues. “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”
With those words, Mr. Graham all but cemented a slow-motion public political transformation over the past two years — from an anti-Trump, maverick Republican senator who often sought legislative compromise to Mr. Trump’s closest ally and most ardent defender.
Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Tweeted Graham’s statement:
"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics… You all want power…I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham, that you knew about it and you held it"- Senator @LindseyGrahamSC to committee #Democrats pic.twitter.com/U8VOGmeMyO
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) September 28, 2018
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders congratulated Graham in a Tweet:
.@LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined. God bless him.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 27, 2018
President Trump also complimented Kavanaugh:
Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2018
The effort by Kavanaugh and Graham exposed the Democrats strategy of character assassination to block President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The Democrats clearly overplayed their hand and it could negatively impact their prospects in the midterm elections.