Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh

Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRestlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on Senator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that he hopes Democrats "get their ass kicked" in the November midterm elections for their behavior in the fight over Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools How Citizens United altered America's political landscape MORE's confirmation.

"There’s this race before Kavanaugh, there’s 2018 after Kavanaugh," Graham said at an event for the conservative Heritage Foundation. "I hope they get their ass kicked for the way they behaved."

Graham, a vocal defender of Kavanaugh during his brutal confirmation fight, launched into a fiery speech during the nominee's hours-long appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month to respond to allegations of sexual assault. 

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The South Carolina lawmaker predicted during the event Tuesday focused on the Kavanaugh confirmation fight that Democrats would suffer in the November midterms over their response to his nomination, which he said "went too far."

"Everything is breaking our way," Graham declared.

"If you had asked ... Heritage to come up with a plan to get Sean Hannity to raise money for [Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum No. 2 GOP leader eyes Wednesday of next week for possible votes on witnesses MORE (R-Maine)] on the radio, nobody could've done it," he quipped, referring to the moderate GOP senator whose support clinched the number of votes needed to confirm Kavanaugh.

"So to the Democrats, thank you very much for doing something we could never do."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum No. 2 GOP leader eyes Wednesday of next week for possible votes on witnesses MORE (R-Ky.) also spoke about the Kavanaugh fight during the Heritage event Tuesday.