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 McCainClimate change is a GOP issue, too It's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon's privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (R-Ariz), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Senate panel approves Interior nominee over objections from Democrats MORE (D-W.Va.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights 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 MurkowskiMurkowski celebrates birthday with electric scooter ride Overnight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change MORE (Alaska) was the only Republican to vote against him.