Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) cautioned voters Monday against supporting Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, citing Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D., Hawaii) disregard for the presumption of innocence as evidence of the potential threat posed by a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Graham, who adamantly defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh against unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault during the battle over Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, said Hirono’s approach to the confirmation proceedings established a “horrific” standard.
“Do you want to live in the world of Senator Hirono where you’re guilty until proven innocent because you’re a Republican … or do you want to live in the [Senator] Susan Collins world where you will actually be heard, listened to, and evaluated?” Graham asked the audience on Fox News’ Hannity Monday night.
Hirono publicly expressed belief in Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed and groped her during a high-school party, and then, after calling for a public hearing, accused the White House of “victimizing” Ford by inviting her to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The White House is victimizing this person. She has no obligation to appear at a smearing. . . . I want to say to the men of this country: Shut up and just step up and do the right thing,” Hirono told reporters during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
Host Sean Hannity raised Hirono’s admonition during the interview, prompting Graham to explain that he was empowered to use his voice by his constituents.
“The people of South Carolina gave me my voice not the senator from Hawaii — and I chose to use it. . . . I said what I think a lot of people were thinking. Senator Collins gave the best explanation why a reasonable person would vote for Kavanaugh and in 29 days we’re going to take this to the ballot box,” Graham said.