Sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have enraged Republican voters and increased their motivation to vote in the midterm elections, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday.
"Prior to the Kavanaugh hearing, the intensity level was really on the Democratic side," the California Republican said. "More Democrats were wanting to go vote than Republicans... But in the last week there’s been a fundamental shift. People are now becoming upset. Not just at how Justice Kavanaugh was treated, but Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford. That the Democrats knowingly had this letter, held it, and then put her through this - you did not have to do this."
Ford in July disclosed her allegations in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the most senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, the Washington Examiner reported. Ford asked for confidentiality, but her letter was leaked after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings were over before a vote.
"I think the intensity level has increased because of what has transformed," McCarthy told Fox News. "If on November 7 we woke up and the Democrats took the majority, what you watched last week would be intensified for the next two years."
The House majority leader said Congress would not work on the necessary day-to-day issues, such as improving the nation’s infrastructure or saving social security, but would be bogged down by continual investigations and hearings that the Democratic majority would be able to pursue if they take the House.
McCarthy cited a boost in absentee ballots requested by Republicans and an increase in campaign volunteers, as well as “things that are happening online," as examples of Republicans' interest.
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