Sen. Lindsey Graham might be Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s most psychotic cheerleader these days, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did his best on Wednesday to make sure the world knows that he, too, is a craven opportunist.
During a bombastic floor speech on the ongoing FBI investigation into allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted multiple women, McConnell downplayed the nominee’s unhinged Senate Judiciary appearance, calling the performance merely “a little testy” thanks to the Democrats and not, y’know, the credible allegations that he molested several women.
But McConnell saved his harshest criticism for the scores of people who have turned out to protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
Referencing a recent series of high profile confrontations between protesters claiming to be sexual assault survivors and Republican senators, including himself, McConnell declared:
I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the halls here, or harassing them at the airports, or going to their homes. We will not be intimidated by these people. There’s no chance in the world they’re gonna scare us out of doing our duty. I don’t care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls. I wanna make one thing perfectly clear: we will not be intimated by these people.
Nothing conveys a sense of sympathy, understanding, and the “civility” Republicans can’t stop paying lip service to than dismissively referring to activists horrified at the prospect of a(nother) alleged sexual predator on the Supreme Court simply as “these people.”
McConnell has vowed to call a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination sometime this week, immediately following the results of the FBI investigation into his alleged sexual assaults.