Brzezinski: Kavanaugh 'cried like a baby' in Senate hearing

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski mocked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, saying he "raged" and "cried like a baby" when defending himself from sexual assault allegations during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

The criticism from the "Morning Joe" co-host comes as a final vote on Kavanaugh is moving forward after senators voted 51-49 to end debate on his nomination, which paves the way for a final vote to confirm Kavanaugh for Saturday afternoon.


“I think about leaders like Ronald Reagan and how they handled adversity or John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' MORE when that woman at the rally said something very disparaging about Obama," said Brzezinski. "You know, there is a moment where you can really show what you’re made of."

Brzezinski said that Kavanaugh should have criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE for mocking Christine Blasey Ford at a rally earlier this week. 

"Brett Kavanaugh had two opportunities. One in that hearing where he raged, defended himself, cried like a baby, and basically said it was everyone else’s fault but his own what was going on. And secondly in this [Wall Street Journal] op-ed, where he could have called out the president, he could have called out the people that were mocking Christine Blasey Ford and said, ‘Don’t mock her. Don’t mock her. Leave her alone.’”  

Kavanaugh published an op-ed on Thursday defending his “emotional” testimony, stating he and his family were subjected to "wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations."

“I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said,” he wrote.

“My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me. At times, my testimony—both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character,” he added.

Kavanaugh’s nomination got the votes necessary to move forward to the floor after undecided Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration MORE (R-Ariz), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R-Maine) voted to end debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh, while Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (Alaska) was the only Republican to vote against him.