Lindsey Graham calls on Trump to re-nominate Kavanaugh if vote falls short – let voters decide


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., suggested a bold move, should Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh fall short in the vote for confirmation. So bold, in fact, that it may be right up the alley for President Donald Trump.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Graham said if the Senate fails to vote in favor of Kavanaugh, the president should renominate him ahead of the midterm elections so voters can decide if they want him on the court.

“Here’s what I would tell the president: I would appeal the verdict of the Senate to the ballot box,” Graham told host Sean Hannity. “This good man should not be destroyed. If you legitimize this process by one vote short, we will be on to the next person. I’d hate to be the next person nominated. I would feel horrible that we destroyed Kavanaugh.”

And that’s when he offered what would be an unprecedented strategy.

“So what would I do?” the lawmaker asked. “I would re-nominate him and I would take this case to the American people and I’d ask voters in Indiana, in Missouri, in North Dakota and other places where Trump won – saying who he would nominate if he got to be president – and see if the voters want to appeal the verdict of their senator.”

More than any other Republican, Graham has been a fierce defender of Kavanaugh, calling out the Democratic Party for their 11th hour ambush of the nominee, which was designed to destroy the name of one of the brightest legal minds in America.

He characterized Democrats rolling out accusations of sexual misconduct at the last minute as “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”

But the suggestion to renominate Kavanaugh doesn’t mean Graham is accepting defeat.

Graham said he believes that moderate Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, will vote for confirmation after their concerns have been resolved through the FBI investigation being conducted.

“I don’t think we’re going to find anything new from this supplemental FBI investigation to take Jeff from yes to no,” he said. “I think Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Collins want to make sure the FBI did their homework to check the committee’s work, that our work was good. I think that’s what this is all about.”

While all three Republican senators are seen as liberal, Flake may be the wild card.

The Trump-hating Arizona lawmaker bought Senate Democrats another week to kill the Kavanaugh nomination after being cornered by two screaming activists from the George Soros-funded left-wing group Center for Democracy as he exited an elevator.

In what looked a whole lot like a victory lap, Flake appeared on “60 Minutes” to say that he would never have sold out if he was running for reelection in November — he announced last year that he was retiring.


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