Sen. Lindsey Graham to celebrate Kavanaugh confirmation by playing GOLF with President Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was a fierce and fiery defender of Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process, is celebrating his elevation to the Supreme Court by playing golf with President Donald Trump on Sunday.
Graham confirmed his plans in an interview with ‘Fox News Sunday,’ where he also warned Democratic senators he would be coming after them this November.
‘I’ve never campaigned against a colleague in my life. That’s about to change,’ Graham said.
President Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham leaving the White House on Sunday to play golf
Sen. Lindsey Graham will play golf with President Trump Sunday to celebrate Kavanaugh’s confirmation
Brett Kavanaugh appeared emotional as he listened to Lindsey Graham defense of him
Senator Lindsey Graham waves to attendees while riding in a golf cart to a television interview during the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, in August 2015
‘I’m going to go throughout this country to let people in these purple states, red states were Trump won know what I thought, know what I think about this process,’ he added.
He didn’t detail which Democrats will be in his sights. But several Democratic senators who voted ‘no’ on Kavanaugh are running for re-election this year in states Trump carried in 2016, including Jon Tester of Montana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
The Kavanaugh confirmation process is expected to be a factor in the upcoming midterm election, rallying both sides of the aisle: Democrats furious at his confirmation and Republicans furious at his treatment.
Graham’s message for Democrats and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was: ‘If you want to pick judges, then you need to win the White House.’
Graham, who made headlines for coming to Kavanaugh’s defense during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is still angry over the way the Supreme Court nominee was treated.
‘I had never been more pissed in my life,’ he said.
Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote on Saturday after his confirmation was put in jeopardy from sexual assault allegations from multiple women, all of which he denied.
Every Democrat except Sen. Joe Manchin voted against Kavanaugh while every Republican – except Sen. Lisa Murkowski – was a yes.
Graham said he was as ‘happy as a clam’ Kavanaugh was confirmed.
‘This was character assassination,’ he said of the attacks on Kavanaugh. ‘This was wanting power too much, and to the extent that I came to the aid of this good man and helped defeat this debacle, I’m happy as a clam.’
Kavanaugh, who is replacing swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, is expected to shift the high court to a more conservative stance.
Graham’s profile was raised in the wake of his Kavanaugh defense, where the South Carolina senator was harassed by protestors in the Capitol and mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ where he was portrayed by Kate McKinnon.
Explosion: An emotional Lindsey Graham made himself an instant hero to conservatives during Kavanaugh’s hearing
Graham was eager on Saturday to savor the successful vote. ‘I’m not tired of winning…Victory!’ Graham tweeted. He posted a photo of him with Kavanaugh with the word ‘CONFIRMED’ scrawled on the photo
‘Let’s keep this horny male energy going to the midterms,’ Lindsey Graham character, played by Kate McKinnon, said on ‘Saturday Night Live’
Graham’s outburst during Kavanaugh’s testimony was an instant viral moment for conservatives and turned the Republican tide back toward the nominee after Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional testimony on her claim Kavanaugh attacked her during a high school party in the 1980s.
‘This is not a job interview. This is hell. This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap!’ he said during the hearing. ‘You have interacted with professional women all your life, not one accusation.’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), left, carries one of his golf clubs as he leaves the presidential limo at the White House on October 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump is seen at right talking on the phone.
Graham has played golf with Trump before
Graham helped President Trump get Kavanaugh confirmed
He also charged Democrats with playing politics with Kavanaugh’s career in the hopes of winning control of the Senate in the 2018 midterms and then winning the 2020 presidential election for their party.
‘What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat hope and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that,’ he yelled.
Graham did criticize Trump for attacking Ford but said he thought Kavanaugh was treated badly – which got him booed by the crowd at the Atlantic Ideas Festival
‘I don’t like what the president said last night. I’m the first person to say, ‘I want to hear from Dr. Ford,’ ‘ Graham said. ‘I thought she was handled respectfully. I thought Kavanaugh was treated like crap.’
The audience loudly booed, to which Graham responded: ‘Yeah, well boo yourself.’