Sen. Graham: Red State Democrats Are 'Toast' If They Vote 'No' on Kavanaugh
Says all types of Republicans 'united' for Kavanaugh.
Sen. Lindsey Graham joined Sean Hannity to weigh in on the political implications of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, warning red state Senate Democrats up for re-election in November that they're "toast" if they vote "no" on the Supreme Court nominee.
Graham (R-S.C.) said Democrats are attempting to "destroy" Kavanaugh over uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault, and confirming him to the Supreme Court is the only "just solution."
"This is unfair. What they're doing to this good, decent man cannot stand," Graham said.
He said the pressure will be on Democrats in predominantly red states that Trump won in 2016, such as Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
He explained the "Kavanaugh bump" is real, noting that Republican Senate challengers in red states have surged against Democratic incumbents amid the Kavanaugh debate.
He also pointed to a recent poll that found that 60 percent of voters in North Dakota support Kavanaugh's confirmation, while only 27 percent oppose.
"They're toast if they vote 'no,' and they should be," Graham said. "President Trump won these states promising to nominate conservative judges who are well-qualified."
He said Kavanaugh -- who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for 12 years and worked in the George W. Bush White House before that -- clearly fits that description.
Graham doubled down on his recommendation that Trump renominate Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him, which the South Carolina senator said would turn November's midterms into a referendum on the vacant Supreme Court seat.
"Let's let the people decide whether or not their senator was right in voting 'no' against this good man," he said.