The Majority Leader in the Senate accused Democrats on Thursday of attempting to “bork” Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
According to The Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell stated that the attacks on Kavanaugh are an “extreme” distortion of his record and compared it to the successful effort to block Robert Bork, who was nominated by President Reagan to the Supreme Court.
“We have a word for blatantly misrepresenting the record and character of a judicial nominee in order to achieve a political objective. We call in an attempt to bork the nominee,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.
McConnell later read the definition of “bork” from the Senate floor, saying that “Judge Bork’s last name is in the Merriam Webster dictionary as a verb.”
Republicans criticized the Democrats for their immediate attack on Kavanaugh; some senators announced their opposition even before he was announced as the nominee.
McConnell also ridiculed a Washington Post report about Kavanaugh’s debt, saying it was an example of the “silliness” that Republicans believe surrounds reporting on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
“In a breaking news bombshell report just last night, we learned that Judge Kavanaugh enjoys America’s past time. Investigative reporters scoured his financial disclosures and learned that he and his friends buy tickets to baseball games and that he pays his bills,” McConnell said.
The Post’s reported that Kavanaugh has up to $200,000 in credit card debt during the past 10 years.
However, last year Kavanaugh’s credit card debts and loan appeared to be paid off or fell below the year’s reporting requirements.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Kavanaugh got his debt from buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends, as well as for home improvements.
Shah also said that the judge’s friends paid him back for their share of the tickets.