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 GrahamFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Graham cursed at acting DOD chief, declaring himself his 'adversary' 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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line 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 Jean KlobucharSanders on Trump insult: Crazy that president 'is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud' Trump revives 'Crazy Bernie' nickname one day after Sanders enters race Betting against Bernie? Dems assess the risk 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."