John Kennedy: Kavanaugh Confirmation Process Has Been ‘Intergalactic Freak Show’
Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) said Sunday the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been “an intergalactic freak show.”
Kavanaugh was nominated this summer by President Donald Trump to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, and liberal opposition to confirming him has been fierce. The hearing itself saw hundreds of shouting protesters and a flurry of interruptions and stunts by Democratic senators, all of which Kennedy found disappointing.
“I’m fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend the process to work this way. So far it’s pretty much been an intergalactic freak show.,” Kennedy said.
He credited Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) with keeping some modicum of order, but the interruptions and violations of committee rules rankled the Louisiana senator.
“The only thing missing I think was the genitalia-shaped headgear,” he said, in reference to feminist protesters. “There were wild accusations about Kavanaugh that he’s evil and he hates women, he hates children, he hates little warm puppies.”
He went on to address the controversy that’s arisen since the hearing concluded, which is Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s confidential letter from a woman alleging Kavanaugh forced himself on her when they were both in high school. The letter, which was supposedly written with help from someone affiliated with Stanford Law School, is secret and not subject to review, and Kennedy noted that Kavanaugh himself has denied the allegation Feinstein made public.
“Senator Feinstein has had the letter since July, for three months. she said nothing—nothing, zero, nada, zilch,” Kennedy said. “She didn’t say anything in the confirmation hearing, she didn’t say anything in her confidential session with Judge Kavanaugh when the senators and the nominee met privately and now after it’s all over she produces the letter.”
Kennedy said he was offended by how the letter was sprung onto them as the process comes to a close.
“[Most Americans] are thinking that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig,” Kennedy said. “I have been embarrassed by the whole process and frankly, no disrespect to Senator Feinstein or to Stanford Law School, but I’m a little bit offended. I sit on Judiciary Committee. They had the stuff for three months. If they were serious about an they should have told us about it.”
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