Mitch McConnell Blasts ‘Choreographed Smear Campaign’ Against Kavanaugh: ‘It’s Despicable’
Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY0 blasted Democrats and the “far left” in a blistering floor speech on Monday over the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, the “despicable” way the Democrats handled it, the way the media handled it, and the process in general.
The first half is above, in which he focuses specifically on the allegation by Christine Blasey Ford and the delays involved with that allegation. In the second half (below), he addressed the second allegation, death threats, and his insistence on a fast timeline for both a hearing and confirmation. He did not indicate or mention any FBI investigation.
“Democrats have signaled for months they’d put on whatever performance the far left’s special interests demanded, and throw all the mud, all the mud they could manufacture,” he said near the beginning, but that “even by the far left’s standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low.”
He criticized not just the timing of the allegations, but their age. “Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated,’ he said.
After going over the timeline of events leading up to the leaking of the story about a week ago, he asked “Does this sound like Democratic senators take their responsibility seriously and want to get to the truth? Or does it sound like a choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford’s request for confidentiality in order to inflict maximum damage at the last minute on Judge Kavanaugh and his family?”
McConnell said Democrats are “panicked” and trying to “bring down this nominee.”
Toward the end, he mentioned that Kavanaugh and his family have been suffering at the hands of this Democrat “smear campaign” against him.
“A good and honorable man and his family are receiving death threats. They’re the subject of smears, and are facing Senate Democrats who say he has no presumption of innocence because they don’t agree with his judicial philosophy,” he said, with swipe directed at Senators like Mazie Hirono, who has been on air arguing against presumption of innocence since yesterday.
McConnell closed by stating emphatically that both Ford and Kavanaugh “will” testify before the commmittee “this week,” and that there will be confirmation vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination soon, no matter what.
Watch the clips above, courtesy of C-SPAN 2.
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