'He Was Rightly Offended': Lindsey Graham Defends Kavanaugh's Emotional Composure During Testimony



On ABC’s This Week Sunday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defended the emotional extremes of Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony.

According to Graham, Kavanaugh acted like “a man who was innocent.”


The South Carolinian said he was offended by criticism of the Supreme Court nominee’s composure:

“I’m offended by the fact that anybody would hold it against Brett Kavanaugh to be upset by the way he was treated. Words were put in his mouth that he didn’t say. He’s accused of being a gang rapist, a bumbling, stumbling drunk, a degenerate person…”

Lindsey told host George Stephanopoulos Kavanaugh is a victim of total assassination:

“My problem is with the people who did this to him, not how he responded. … I find it offensive that if somebody defends themselves against wholesale character assassination, trying to destroy him and his family. The temperament I saw was a man who was innocent, who was rightly offended by being destroyed for a political purpose.”

This isn’t Graham’s first scathing review of Kavanaugh’s treatment at the hands of Democrats. In a fiery exchange during the proceedings Thursday, he lambasted the judge’s tormentors:

“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. … This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been 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, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it.”


In the same session, the senator summed up Kavanaugh’s confirmation process thusly:

“This isn’t a job interview. This is hell.”


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