Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google MORE (R-S.C.) on Monday lashed out at Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoManchin defends Supreme Court candidate Barrett: 'It's awful to bring in religion' Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Democrats unveil plan declaring racism a public health issue MORE (D-Hawaii), saying she acted as though Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was “guilty until proven innocent” when sexual misconduct allegations came out against him during his confirmation process.

He said that the confirmation process devolved into “mob rule,” adding that the “Hirono standard is horrific.”

Graham pushed back on Hirono in an appearance on Fox News's “Hannity.”

“You have a decision to make, America,” Graham said.

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"Do you want to live in the world of Sen. Hirono where you’re guilty until proven innocent because you’re a Republican ... or do you want to live in the [Sen.] Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump faces backlash after not committing to peaceful transition of power Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden Credit union group to spend million on Senate, House races MORE world where you will actually be heard, listened to and evaluated?" 

Collins (R-Maine) was a pivotal Republican swing vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation, while Hirono was one of the most forceful voices opposing the judge. 

Hirono railed against Kavanaugh over the sexual misconduct allegations as well as his stance on issues such as abortion and immigration rights. She was one of four Democratic senators to walk out of a Judiciary Committee hearing in protest of a planned vote.

Graham during the Fox News segment lauded Collins for voting "yes" on Kavanaugh, saying she did not want to "legitimize" the bruising nomination process.

"If she legitimized this process, God help the next person to be nominated to the Supreme Court," Graham said.

Hannity poked fun at Graham, interrupting him at one point to echo remarks from Hirono, who said in recent weeks that men should "shut up and step up for once."

"Shut up, senator," Hannity said as Graham laughed. "That goes for me too." 

Hirono has consistently criticized Republicans for their conduct following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, which he has denied forcefully. 

She said this week that Democrats should focus their energy towards the midterm elections rather than impeaching Kavanaugh.