McConnell rips 'unhinged partisanship' while honoring Kavanaugh for Time 100 list

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration Biden and Bernie set for clash MORE (R-Ky.) blasted "unhinged partisanship" on Capitol Hill while honoring Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump's Fed pick on critics: 'They're pulling a Kavanaugh against me' Conservative justices signal willingness to allow census citizenship question Supreme Court sees more serious divide open on death penalty MORE on Wednesday as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

McConnell described Kavanaugh in a short biography as a loyal public servant while trashing the "unhinged partisanship and special interests" that he said "sought to distract the Senate from considering those qualifications."

"The country saw his resilience and commitment to public service. We saw his loyal devotion to family and friends. We saw his undeterred reverence for the law, for precedents and for our nation’s highest traditions," McConnell wrote.


Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court last year following a bitter confirmation fight dominated by allegations of sexual assault and misconduct dating back to his high school and college years, allegations he denied.

During emotional testimony in the widely watched special hearings, Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, separately testified about the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senators eventually voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh to the court, the smallest margin in 137 years, following a brief FBI investigation into the claims.

The controversy surrounding the Supreme Court justice continued into 2019, with students at George Mason University calling on school officials to stop Kavanaugh from teaching a summer course at the university earlier this month.