Amid continued partisan attacks and public smearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., rejected President Donald Trump's mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, but Graham stayed on the defense for the Supreme Court nominee, telling a booing, anti-Kavanaugh audience, "Well, boo yourself."
"I don't like what the president said last night," Sen. Graham said of President Trump's mocking Ford's incomplete and inconsistent recollections of her sexual assault. "I am the first person to say, 'I want to hear from Dr. Ford.'
"I thought she was handled respectfully. I thought Kavanaugh was treated like crap."
The Atlantic Festival audience booed at the rebuke of Kavanaugh's treatment, according to a video posted on Twitter, to which Graham shot back.
"Yeah, well, boo yourself."
Graham, who famously ripped Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats last week, did just tell the audience he would have told President Trump "to knock it off" in criticizing the victim, but their response suggested they would be unwilling to do the same amid the victimization of Kavanaugh at the hands of Democratic resistance, obstruction, and exploitation for political gain.
"President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like," Graham told The Atlantic. "I would tell him knock it off. You're not helping."
Despite the president's rhetoric, Graham said the Kavanaugh situation has "unified" the Republican party more than ever.
"Now, let’s disqualify him now because the way he behaved in the hearing," Graham said of the latest Democratic tactic to reject Kavanaugh for his decorum in denying the sexual assault and misconduct accusations. "I would never do that, because you're rewarding people who are using the most despicable tactics I have ever seen in politics.
"I have never seen the Republican Party so unified as I do right now. Republicans across the board — country club, Tea Party — believe this was way over the top."
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