Lindsey Graham: If Kavanaugh 'Goes Down, GOP Doesn't Deserve to Stay in Power'
Says he's '100% confident' of Kavanaugh's innocence.
Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh fails to be confirmed, the Republican Party doesn't deserve to hold its majorities in the Senate and House.
Of his viral moment in the Kavanaugh hearing today, where he blasted Democrats as obstructionists trying to ruin the judge's life, the South Carolina Republican said, "I just told the truth."
"This is not about finding the truth between Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, it's about delaying the hearing to get past the midterms [and] hope they pick up the Senate and denying this seat [being able] to be filled by Donald Trump," Graham said.
Graham said Democrats' behavior in the hearing showed "they never intended to protect Dr. Ford."
He said that if Congress "legitimizes" the actions of Democrats, "God help us all because both sides can do this."
He noted that he voted to confirm Obama nominees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor because they were qualified, not because he agreed with their jurisprudence.
"When Donald Trump wins, there are no rules [for the Democrats]," he said.
Graham said that if Kavanaugh "goes down, then we don't deserve to stay in power."
He advised moderates waffling on their Kavanaugh vote decisions to join him in supporting the judge.
"Joe [Manchin]..., do you really believe Brett Kavanaugh is a serial rapist?" Graham asked aloud.
Sean Hannity said other senators unsure of their decision at this point include Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
"I will be brokenhearted if the Senate rejects this good man," Graham said.
Speaking Friday morning on "Fox & Friends," Graham said he emerged from the hearing "100 percent confident" in Kavanaugh's innocence.
Watch the clips above and below.