Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham eviscerated his Democratic colleagues for their behavior on Thursday at the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Shortly after several Democratic senators urged Kavanaugh to call off the confirmation process until the FBI could investigate the allegations of sexual assault made against him, Graham chided them by saying they could have asked the FBI to look into the matter themselves.
“If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us,” Graham said to 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. … When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them Lindsey said ‘Hello,’ because I voted for them. I’d never do to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve seen in politics and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy.”
“Boy, you all want power; God, I hope you never get it,” Graham said. “I hope the American people can see through this sham.”
“You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None,” he said. “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 — if you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”
“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics,” he said. “You want this seat, I hope you never get it.”
“I hope you’re on the Supreme Court,” he said to Kavanaugh. “That’s exactly where you should be. And I hope that the American people will see through this charade. And I wish you well. You well. And I intend to vote for you, and I hope everybody who’s fair minded will.”