Combative Lindsey Graham Confronts Liberal Media Smears of Kavanaugh

During the show trial against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last Thursday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (NC) stood out as the Supreme Court nominee’s most ardent defender when he took on the liberal smear machine in a fiery speech that rallied many on the right. That fire was still present during an interview on ABC’s This Week where he took the liberal media head on and called them out for failing to scrutinize Kavanaugh’s accusers.

Towards the top of their interview, host and Clinton hatchetman George Stephanopoulos perpetuated the liberal media lie that Kavanaugh’s former college classmates were contradicting his “testimony about his drinking” habits, evening though the Judge had admitted to drinking heavily in his youth.

No, I think you're trying to portray him as a stumbling bumbling drunk, gang rapist who during high school and college was Bill Cosby. Six FBI background checks over the years would have uncovered this,” Graham immediately shot back no hesitation. The Senator then declared, that after Kavanaugh was confirmed he would call for an investigation into the horrendous actions by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Democrats.

Graham later called the liberal media out for failing to ask questions about the dubious and possibly “illegal” way Dr. Christine Blasey Ford obtained her Democratic activist lawyers or how the lawyers appeared to have misled her on the options she had to testify. He also pointed at the double standard:

I'm shocked not one media outlet is reporting that during the hearing, she didn't know that the committee was willing to go to California again. Again, if the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicans had done this, we would be destroyed. We would be under ethical investigations. So I'm going to make sure that when this debacle is over, we look at what happened to defer it in the future.

 

 

Stephanopoulos would again try to make Kavanaugh’s college drinking habits an issue and would again push the false assertions his former classmates were contradicting him. Graham was not having any of Stephy’s nonsense.

“He's had six FBI background checks. He’s been on the political stage for 26 years. He's not a stumbling, bumbling drunk. I don't believe you could accomplish what he's accomplished to be a serial rain rapist in high school and stop it for the rest of your life,” Graham forcefully told him off. “Not one person he’s been in charge of during his legal career has ever said he has done anything inappropriate.”

The Clinton henchman also questioned Graham on suggestions by “experts” that Kavanaugh would need to recuse himself from cases involving Democrats if he was confirmed. “Yeah, yeah. We're at a new standard here. You destroy a man's life, then you say he's unfit to judge you because of the way you treated him. We're not going to play that game,” Graham proclaimed.

“Somebody leaked an anonymous letter to make the fourth allegation, the fifth allegation was knocked down as being false, but went to the media anyway. So I’m just completely disgusted the way this was handled,” he added.

Graham also lambasted Stephanopoulos for the sick pleasure the liberal media got from tearing down a conservative:

A lot of people believe it's a noble cause to take down Kavanaugh. A lot of people in your business will never give scrutiny give scrutiny to people who try to take down a conservative. That's too bad. But I'm going to give it scrutiny.

It wasn’t Graham’s last strike against the liberal media, but it sure cut the deepest.

The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:

ABC
This Week
September 30, 2018
9:04:53 a.m. Eastern

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GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: One of the questions though is, it appears that the FBI will not be questioning those college witnesses who contradict Brett Kavanaugh's testimony about his drinking. Now, isn't that relevant given there clearly was drinking going on, or at least it's alleged at the party?

LINDSEY GRAHAM: No, I think you're trying to portray him as a stumbling bumbling drunk, gang rapist who during high school and college was Bill Cosby. Six FBI background checks over the years would have uncovered this.

We will investigate who in Dianne Feinstein's office referred Dr. Ford to Ms. Katz. It's illegal. Inappropriate in the Senate. The FBI will be a supplemental background investigation. Then I'll call for an investigation of what happened in this committee: who betrayed Dr. Ford's trust, who in Feinstein's office recommended Katz as a lawyer, why did Ms. Ford not know the committee was willing to go to California, who released the anonymous letter given to the committee by Cory Gardner. We’re going to do a wholesale, full-scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Ryan Grimm, who first wrote about the letter, said it did not come from Dianne Feinstein's office.

GRAHAM: I don't know. All I can tell you is it came from somebody with a political motive. There were three people who had the letter: people in Dianne Feinstein's office, the Congresswoman from California, and Ms. Katz and the legal team. No friend would do this to Dr. Ford. I believe her when she said she wanted to remain anonymous. I'm shocked not one media outlet is reporting that during the hearing, she didn't know that the committee was willing to go to California again. Again, if the shoe were on the other foot, the Republicans had done this, we would be destroyed. We would be under ethical investigations. So I'm going to make sure that when this debacle is over, we look at what happened to defer it in the future.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Isn't testimony about his drinking in college, if you're interviewing Deborah Ramirez, isn’t that relevant?

GRAHAM: He's had six FBI background checks. He’s been on the political stage for 26 years. He's not a stumbling, bumbling drunk. I don't believe you could accomplish what he's accomplished to be a serial rain rapist in high school and stop it for the rest of your life. Not one person he’s been in charge of during his legal career has ever said he has done anything inappropriate.

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I think he's highly qualified. I think he’s a capable man. I think his life was ruined here. I'm going to vote for him unless some bombshell comes out that I don't know about. I'm going to look into the process that led to this debacle to the effort to destroy this good man. A lot of people believe it's a noble cause to take down Kavanaugh. A lot of people in your business will never give scrutiny give scrutiny to people who try to take down a conservative. That's too bad. But I'm going to give it scrutiny.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Other experts have suggest that if he gets on the Supreme Court, he might have to recuse himself from suits brought by Democrats in Congress or by liberal groups.

GRAHAM: Yeah, yeah. We're at a new standard here. You destroy man's life, then you say he's unfit to judge you because of the way you treated him. We're not going to play that game. This is not going to be the future of the nomination process in the committee, where you accuse a guy of being a gang rapist, an alcoholic, bumbling, stumbling sexual predator and you get upset when he forceful fights back against liberal smears. This will not be the new standard of temperament. He's never demonstrated anything in his life, George, to suggest that these allegations are true.

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Somebody leaked an anonymous letter to make the fourth allegation, the fifth allegation was knocked down as being false, but went to the media any way. So I’m just completely disgusted the way this was handled. And he's going to be on the bench. But we're going to continue to look at this process because if this is the new normal, God help the next person who comes.

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