Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily defended Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, charging Democrats with using a Supreme Court nomination to try to win the midterm elections and saying Kavanaugh was no Bill Cosby.
Graham, who has been one of Kavanaugh’s biggest defenders in the Senate, pounded on his desk, tossed papers and yelled at his Democratic colleagues across the dais, ending his tirade with a dramatic plea to his GOP colleagues to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The outburst was an instant viral moment for conservatives – with two of Donald Trump’s most senior aides tweeting their approval.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s press secretary tweeted: ‘Lindsey Graham has more decency and courage than every Democrat on the committee combined. God bless him.’
He argued if Kavanaugh was the type of sexual predator as he’s been charged with, he would probably still be attacking women.
‘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. It’s been my understanding that if you drug women and rape them for two years in high school, you probably don’t stop,’ he said.
Graham interrupted prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s questioning of Ford to requested time to speak.
He then promptly used it to lash out at Kavanaugh’s treatment at the hand of Democrats, saying President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee had been put through hell.
‘This is not a job interview. This is hell. This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap!’ he said. ‘You have interacted with professional women all your life, not one accusation.’
He also charged Democrats with playing politics with Kavanaugh’s career in the hopes of winning control of the Senate in the 2018 midterms and then winning the 2020 presidential election for their party.
‘What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat hope and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that,’ he yelled.
He also said Democrats used Ford for their own political purposes and that she was their victim – as was Kavanaugh.
‘Boy, y’all want power. Boy, 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. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford, none! She’s as much of a victim as you are,’ he noted.
He pivoted between yelling at Democrats and praising Kavanaugh, telling him he belonged on the court.
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Source: Daily Mail