Ben Shapiro praises 'Lindsey Graham 2.0'

Ben Shapiro praises 'Lindsey Graham 2.0'
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Conservative writer Ben Shapiro is praising Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights Harrison goes on the attack against Graham in new South Carolina Senate ad Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (R-S.C.) for his defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Lindsey Graham 2.0 is pretty fantastic," Shapiro tweeted.

The Daily Wire, Shapiro's publication, also tweeted a clip of Graham telling a CNN reporter, "If you don't like me working with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE to make the world a better place, I don't give a shit."

Graham in the past has faced criticism from conservatives for his stance on a number of issues, most notably immigration. But he is now earning praise from the right for his staunch defense of Kavanaugh, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women.

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In fiery remarks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last Thursday, Graham said Kavanaugh had "nothing to apologize for" and accused Democrats of using Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh for political gain. He called the Democrats' handling of the allegations an "unethical sham."

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

"I am more pissed than I've ever been about how much information they had and when they had it," Graham later said of Democrats, accusing them of leaking the allegations at the last minute. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats Senate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, first received a letter about the allegations in July. She has said she did not release them to protect Ford's confidentiality. 

But Republicans have questioned her motives. The allegations became public one week before Kavanaugh's originally scheduled confirmation vote, when Feinstein said she was passing on the allegations to the FBI.

Graham has since slammed NBC for its coverage of Kavanaugh as well as said that Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Democrats, voting rights groups pressure Senate to approve mail-in voting resources MORE (D-Minn) owes Kavanaugh an apology for her part in the "smear campaign."

Graham explained Tuesday that has "been so passionate about this" because he "loves[s] the law."

"I voted for [Justices Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, never thought twice about it," Graham said Tuesday of the Obama appointees. "I could never imagine me engaging in anything like this to take them down."