Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Thursday on "The Ingraham Angle" that the Democrats displayed the "most despicable behavior by a major party in modern history" during their examination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. "Is there a single Democrat with the guts to stand up and vote for this judge?" Gingrich asked. He characterized the hearings as an "utter character assassination."
Laura Ingraham and Gingrich named several Democrats in the Senate, who represent states that supported Trump in the 2016, to confirm Kavanaugh. They included: Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. However, Sen. Doug Jones announced late on Thursday that he will vote against Kavanaugh. "The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning and incomplete at the end. Dr. Ford was credible and courageous and I am concerned about the message our vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well as victims of sexual assault. I will be voting no," Jones' statement said.
Gingrich described Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, as having been “once a responsible and honorable person" who behaved otherwise at the hearing. "The way Feinstein did this [concerning the leaked letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford] was utterly and totally despicable," he said.
Gingrich demanded that fellow Republicans to file ethics charges against Democrats on the committee. "[They] deliberately created a firestorm of character assassination at the last possible moment," he said. He praised Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for blasting Democrats on the committee during the hearings.
Lindsey graham has been magnificant in telling the truth about the hypocrisy and destructivenss of the senate democrats and their willingness to exploit dr ford to smear judge kavanaugh. It is nice to have someone tell the truth about this shameful episode.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) September 27, 2018
Graham defended Kavanaugh against allegations of sexual assault imputed to him by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women. During the hearing, Graham accused Democrats of seeking to "destroy" Kavanaugh’s life. His statement followed aggressive questioning by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). "What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020," Graham said passionately. Turning to Kavanaugh, Graham asked him: "Are you a gang rapist?" Kavanaugh replied: "No." This was a reference to an accusation aired by Julie Swetnik, who has claimed that she observed Kavanaugh was present during a bout of serial rapes she allegedly witnessed as a teen. The senator then asked Kavanaugh, "Would you say you've been through hell?" Kavanaugh responded, "I've been through hell and then some."
Expressing sympathy, Graham said, "I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through." He added, "I hope the American people can see through this sham."
Turning his attention to fellow Republicans, Graham later said, "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote 'no', you're legitimizing the most despicable thing that I have seen in my time in politics." Telling Kavanaugh that he hopes he will serve on the Supreme Court, Graham said, "that's exactly where you should be."
Earlier during the day, Graham sought to draw parallels between the Democrats’ pillorying of Kavanaugh to the alleged sexual assault experienced by Dr. Ford. "I'm not going to reward people for playing a political game, I think, with her life," Graham said. "She is just as much a victim of this as I think Brett Kavanaugh (is). Because somebody betrayed her trust, and we know who she gave the letter to." Accusing Democrats of delay tactics, he said, "All I can say is that we're 40-something days away from the election." Graham said. "And their goal, not Ms. Ford's goal, is to delay this past the midterms so they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill the seat."
Graham said Dr. Ford’s story is uncorroborated and suggested that using her allegations to reject Kavanaugh's nomination sets a bad precedent. "God help anybody else that gets nominated," Graham said. Referring to Democrats’ demand for an FBI probe into Dr. Ford’s allegations, he said, "The FBI is going to tell us what?" Graham said, "What house are they going to go to? What city are they going to go to? Who are they going to talk to? Because they tell us the month, barely the year, so this is all delay?"
Dr. Ford has not been able to specify the date and location of her alleged assault, nor how she got home. At the time, she was not old enough to operate a vehicle legally. Commentators have suggested that she has erroneously identified Kavanaugh as her assailant. Two men have recently provided testimony to Republicans suggesting that they are responsible for the alleged assault.