Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), announced on Monday, Sept. 21, to “Hannity” that Senate Republicans have sufficient votes to confirm a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it will happen before the Nov. 3 election.
“It’s pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.
“They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat—they were dumb enough to say that,” Graham added.
“I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not going to work; it didn’t work with Kavanaugh. “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. Now, that’s the constitutional process.”
Graham took to Twitter on Sunday, slamming the opposition, writing, “Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the fire department.
“My Democratic colleagues felt that when they were in charge, we should confirm judges by a majority vote, they changed the rules to accommodate President Obama, they tried to stack the court,” he said.
I stand by what I said in Jan. 2019: Harry Reid & Chuck Schumer changed Senate rules to try and stack the courts for Obama. Now it’s coming back to haunt them as I predicted. I’m dead set on confirming @realDonaldTrump’s nominee. If you stand with me: https://t.co/MYF6qgyjdI pic.twitter.com/lsejlSs0QQ
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 19, 2020
“[T]hey chose to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s life to keep the Supreme Court seat open,” he said, and mentioned how Kavanaugh was wrongly accused of sexual misconduct, and even lectured by Democrats on Graham’s committee.
“You reap what you sow,” said Graham. “They never thought [Hillary] Clinton would lose, so what you’re going to have is Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer’s desire to take the court on their Democratic watches come back to haunt them.”
Protesters had assembled outside Graham’s home in Washington D.C. on Monday, banging drums, blaring horns, shouting as police attempted to stop them from entering the property.
One banner read, “We can’t sleep so neither should Lindsey.”
Graham was criticized for backpedaling on his statement in 2018, when he said, “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the next election.”
The political climate is vastly different now though, and Graham announced, “After Kavanaugh, everything changed with me,” Graham told Hannity on Monday. “They are not going to intimidate me, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, or anybody else.”
Chairman @LindseyGrahamSC to Committee Democrats: “After the Treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I Now Have a Different View of the Judicial-Confirmation Process” https://t.co/qzXgSbgW8S pic.twitter.com/IWAclmrQED
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) September 21, 2020
Graham added, the president “will be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee.”
He continued, “We’ve got the votes to confirm the judge, the justice on the floor of the Senate before the election,” he asserted, “and that’s what’s coming.”