Following Republican Senate gains in the midterms, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) declared Wednesday that Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh had his “revenge” against Democrats who were part of a “despicable smear campaign.”
Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last month despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct while in high school and college, which he vigorously denied. Democrats sought to slow Kavanaugh’s confirmation to allow for a full investigation of the claims.
In a statement, Graham said that “virtually all” Democrats who voted against Kavanaugh and ran in states carried by Trump in 2016 were defeated Tuesday.
“What has been referred to as the ‘Kavanaugh Effect’ should actually be called ‘Kavanaugh’s Revenge,” Graham said in the statement. “Their votes against Kavanaugh crystallized how out of touch they had become on major issues in the eyes of their constituents who supported President Trump.”
Graham noted that the sole Democrat who voted for Kavanaugh — Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) — won his reelection Tuesday by 3 percentage points.
“I’m confident that if he had voted no, he would have lost his race too,” Graham said.