Graham defends Kavanaugh against criticism over temperament: He was 'rightly offended'

Graham defends Kavanaugh against criticism over temperament: He was 'rightly offended'
© Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh against criticism that he was too angry in testimony last week on Capitol Hill, saying that Kavanaugh behaved like someone "who was innocent."

“I’m offended by the fact that anybody would hold it against Brett Kavanaugh to be upset by the way he was treated. Words were put in his mouth that he didn’t say," Graham said on ABC's "This Week."

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“I find it offensive that if somebody defends themselves against wholesale character assassination, trying to destroy him and his family. The temperament I saw was a man who was innocent, who was rightly offended by being destroyed for a political purpose," Graham added later in the interview.

Graham also said he has a problem "with the people who did this to him, not how he responded."

Kavanaugh has drawn criticism from Democrats for his emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday as he defended himself against accusations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh was visibly angry as he fiercely denied the allegations and sometimes appeared to be yelling at senators as they questioned him.

Graham has been a consistent advocate of Kavanaugh's since the testimony, during which Graham called the fight over Kavanaugh’s confirmation the most "unethical sham" he's seen while in politics.

“And if you really wanted to know the truth you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy,” Graham said at the time.

Kavanaugh has been accused of pinning Ford to a bed during a high school party, attempting to remove her clothes and covering her mouth with his hand when she tried to yell. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have also publicly accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct. 

He has denied the allegations.