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Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: ‘The Hirono standard is horrific’

Greg Nash

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday lashed out at Sen. Mazie Hirono (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.

{mosads}”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 Collins 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. 

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