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Graham Calls Kavanaugh a 'Slut Whore Drunk;' Former Republican Congressman Says Graham Has 'Lost His Mind'
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10 Oct 2018 01:42 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Lindsey Graham (Image source: Screenshot)

 

If you listened to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during Brett Kavanaugh's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding sexual assault allegations against him, you might have thought he's losing mind. If so, you're not alone, as former Republican Congressman David Jolly has said the same. 

Graham has definitely had his share of questionable comments in the past few weeks. During a day of testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, and his rebuttal," Graham erupted in an angry rant.

 

"What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open, and hope you win [the presidency] in 2020. You said that! Not me," he complained to the Democrats in the room. 

"Boy, y'all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham," the senator continued.

 

He added that Ford is "as much of a victim" as Kavanaugh. He then addressed the GOP senators and said, "If you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics." 

But he was far from done. After Kavanaugh was confirmed as the newest justice sitting on the Supreme Court bench in a tight vote on Saturday, as he was leaving Capitol Hill, Graham said, "I think the roles were reversed: the slut whore drunk was Kavanaugh."

 

He continued to complain about the allegations against Kavanaugh, saying they were "outrageous" and that they made "no sense." He felt it would have been "unjust" for him to "have his life ruined based on the allegations that were presented." 

"Dr. Ford, I think, is the victim of a process," continued Graham. "But we've got to have some verifications, some sense of balance, because if that's enough, just the mere accusation, then you're going to unleash Pandora's Box here. Because those of us in public service, you should be scrutinized, but you don't want to set a standard where you just take anybody out by accusing them."

 

He also tweeted, "I'm not tired of winning ... Victory!" referring to Donald Trump's comment that his supporters would get "sick and tired" of winning. Graham attached a photo of him with Kavanaugh and the word "CONFIRMED" superimposed on it, just to make sure everyone knew what he was referring to. 

Jolly is a former U.S. Representative in Florida from 2014 through 2017, who joined the House after a career in law and lobbying to fill Bill Young's seat who had passed away a few months earlier.

 

He doesn't believe Graham is the same person anymore. "Lindsey Graham used to be their reverent conscience, if you will, of the Republican Party in the Trump years," he said on "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams." 

Jolly added, "He's turned into a senator that in many opinions — including mine — he's lost his mind.

 

He sees trouble ahead for the GOP after the Kavanaugh confirmation. "The Republican Party has said to women across the country, 'We don't believe you,' " he told Williams. "And those women are going to shout very loudly on November 6, and it's not going to be shouting in behalf of Republicans." 

Jolly also said that as of last week, he has left the Republican Party and is now an Independent.

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