Darkest Political Forces Unleashed If Kavanaugh Taken Down, Graham Warns

God help us all if this is the new normal, Senator says

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If SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is successfully taken out of contention, it could usher in the darkest era of American political tactics from both sides of the aisle, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Democrats.

“It’s time to vote, I keep telling my colleagues,” Graham told Capitol Hill reporters during comments regarding the highly contentious nomination process of Judge Kavanaugh. “If this is the new normal, God help us all.”

“Who would want to be a judge in this environment? We’ve got to turn this around before it’s too late.” Graham continued. “Taking Kavanaugh down would unleash forces from the darkest side of American politics, in perpetuity — and if you think only one side is capable of doing this, you’re mistaken.”

Graham also stressed the importance of adhering to the critical principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and following established protocols in determining guilt. He also raised the point that male-on-female sexual assault is just one form of abuse.

“It’s a scary time for principles,” Graham said. “A woman can be accused of something she didn’t do. You could be accused of doing something to a child; any of us could.”

“Sexual violence is not just limited to men-on-women; men are abused by men sometimes.”

Graham asserted that he believes Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate, but added, “I don’t think he’ll ever be the same.”

Senator Graham has also declared that President Trump should renominate Judge Kavanaugh if he fails to be confirmed before a new Senate is formed next year.

“If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Graham said. “It would – in effect – be appealing the Senate’s verdict directly to the American people.”

“The midterm elections are only 35 days away and a new group of senators may view Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination very differently after hearing from the voters in their states.”

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