On Thursday, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and nominee to the Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh each appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The purpose of the hearing was to address Dr. Ford’s allegation that while she and Kavanaugh were in high school, Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party.
Ford testified first and was widely regarded as “exceptionally credible,” as Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano put it. Her testimony was emotional and raw. She appeared uninterested in politics and genuine. She said “I am terrified,” and that came through. After her heart-wrenching testimony detailing the sexual assault, Kavanaugh his opportunity to address the allegations.
Kavanaugh was angry. He raged during the hearing and was belligerent when asked questions by Democrats. He continued to refuse to demand an FBI investigation even when offered ample opportunity to request one to clear his name.
Republican Senators gave their questioning time to a Maricopa County sex crimes prosecutor, the attorney that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called a “female assistant.” Not every Republican on the committee chose to give his time to the prosecutor. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took the opportunity to rail against Democrats and express his unwavering support for Kavanaugh.
He yelled at Democrats saying, “This is not a job interview. This is hell.” He continued, “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020.”
After his scathing display, Graham told the hosts on Fox & Friends Friday morning, that he talked with the president after the hearing Thursday night. He said of his conversation with Trump, “He was very complimentary, and he said Melania said that please tell me that she was very proud of the fact that I pushed back and stood up for this good man.” He added, “And that meant a lot to me that the first lady felt that way.”