Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at Democrats following the testimony of sexual assault survivor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has been described as “extremely credible” by conservative media.
Graham made the remarks in a statement to the press after Blasey Ford testified that she had been groped and assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I don’t know what they told Ms. Ford but we were willing to go to California, we were told she couldn’t fly,” Graham snapped. “All I can say is that we’re 40-something days away from the election and [the Democrats’] 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 this seat. I believe that now more than ever.”
“I don’t know who paid for her polygraph, but somebody did,” he continued, raising his finger into the air. “The [Democratic] friends on the other side set it up to be just the way it is.”
“I feel ambushed as the majority!” the senator added.
Graham agreed that “something happened” to Blasey Ford.
“I don’t know what but you’re asking me to say it was Brett Kavanaugh,” he griped. “He’s saying it didn’t happen. I will say I thought it was a good suggestion for her to go talk to somebody to work through this.”
“How is that not all an argument for a more fulsome investigation?” one reporter asked.
“If you really believe we needed an investigation of this, why didn’t you tell us in August?” Graham complained. “[Democrats] want to bring [Kavanaugh] in, trash him out and call 25 people to say he’s an abuser and guess what, we’ll be past the midterm.”
“I’m not going to reward people for playing a political game I think with her life,” he said. “She is just as much a victim of this as I think Brett Kavanaugh because somebody betrayed her trust and we know who she gave the letter to. And the people that betrayed her trust owe her an apology.”
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