Graham mocks Democrats over abortion: 'What a bastard Donald Trump is'

 
Graham was discussing the topic on the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. Some Democrats have seized on Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling legalizing a woman's right to abortion, in opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.
 
"Let's talk about Roe v. Wade, who would ever play politics on the campaign trail with Roe v. Wade? What a bastard Donald Trump is, until you hear about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSenate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate for Russia probe Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Clinton to hold fundraiser for Menendez in NJ next month MORE," Graham told reporters.
 
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Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was the fifth vote on a 1992 case that upheld the ruling.
 
Democrats have warned about Kavanaugh possibly joining other justices on the court in a ruling on Roe v. Wade after Trump said during the presidential election that his nominees would overturn the 1973 decision.
 
Graham noted that Clinton during the presidential campaign said she had several "litmus tests" for Supreme Court nominees, including on abortion.
 
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed," Clinton said at the time.
 
Graham on Tuesday jokingly dared Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, several of whom are considered potential 2020 White House contenders, to disagree with Clinton.
 
"Anybody running for president over there, I dare you to disagree with her. You'll wind up like I did, getting 1 percent," Graham said, referring to his failed presidential bid. 
 
Graham used his opening statement during a chaotic first day of Kavanaugh hearings to take several swipes at Democrats, arguing if they want judges who align with them ideologically they have to win elections. 
 
"The whole argument is, you can be a conservative Republican president but you've got to nominate a liberal to be fair to the country. That's absurd," he said.
 
Graham added that the Kavanaugh nomination was "shaping up to be the hypocrisy hearing."
 
"You can't lose the election and pick judges. If you want to pick judges, you better win," he said.