Donald Trump has praised Brett Kavanaugh after the judge’s Senate hearing, blasting Democrats by saying their “search and destroy strategy is disgraceful,” Fox News informed.
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,” the President tweeted minutes after the hearing concluded. “His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
Vice President Mike Pence also reiterated his support for Kavanaugh on Thursday.
“Today, Senate Republicans conducted a hearing that was fair & respectful to Judge Kavanaugh & Dr. Ford,” Pence tweeted. “The same cannot be said of the Democrats. Based on today & his decades of service, I stand with Judge Kavanaugh – a person of integrity & impeccable credentials. Take the vote.”
The calls from Trump and Pence came after a daylong testimony from Kavanaugh, who is Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused the judge of sexual assault in the early 80s.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of forcing her down to a bed at a house party in Maryland, and groping her while putting his hand on her mouth when she tried to scream. At the time Ford was 15 and Kavanaugh 17 and she also stated that during this encounter Kavanaugh was drunk.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Kavanaugh has strongly rejected these accusations, calling them “totally false and outrageous.”
“We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years there after,” Kavanaugh said in an interview with Fox News on Monday.
Many other Republicans also stood up in support of Kavanaugh on Thursday. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., slammed democrats and their Kavanaugh investigation earlier that day.
“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics,” a visibily angry Graham said from the dais while pointing at Democratic senators. “And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy.”
“If you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time,” Graham said to Kavanaugh. “This is hell.”
A vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination is scheduled for Friday.