Housing Secretary Ben Carson is attributing the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to people who want to "fundamentally change this country."
Carson said Friday that Kavanaugh's opponents have become "desperate."
"And now they don't see themselves as being able to control the courts for another generation," Carson added. "So what is left? Chaos and destruction."
Carson made the remarks during a speech at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were teens. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and has said he would testify to clear his name.
In his speech Friday, Carson said: "Sexual predators, people who prey upon people who are weaker than them or in a lower position, is abominable. And there's just no room for it, as far as I'm concerned, OK?"
But he added, "Having said that, we must also recognize that there are two sides to every story."
Carson then described an incident in his own career when he was accused of fathering a child out of wedlock. He said he wasn't intimidated because "I knew that the only woman I had ever slept with in my entire life was my wife."
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