Setting aside the veracity of any claims leveled against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) absolutely shredded his Democratic counterparts during Thursday’s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As Kavanaugh sat in front of the panel of Democrats and Republicans, Graham explained just how ashamed he was to be part of the entire process.
Graham, speaking about his “yes” votes for Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, made clear he would “never do to them what you have done to this guy,” rebuking the Democrats of their treatment of Kavanaugh.
“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” the Republican continued. “If you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy.”
He added, “Boy, you all want power. God I hope you never get it.”
Graham was referring to the fact that it took 11 days before Kavanaugh was allowed the opportunity to respond to the series of sexual assault claims leveled against him, chief among them the allegations from Ford, who has said Kavanaugh pinned her down to a bed and attempted to molest her when they were teenagers some 36 years ago.
Furthermore, Ford first notified Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) of her claims against the Supreme Court nominee in early July. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 9.
It wasn’t until mid-September that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) publicly spoke out about Ford’s allegations, which the 51-year-old psychology professor previously wanted to remain confidential.
Rachel Mitchell, the special prosecutor who questioned Ford on behalf of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, raised similar concerns earlier in the day, when Ford testified before the panel of lawmakers.