Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham spent the break from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee dismissing her story, threatening Democrats, and getting into a confrontation with an activist.
Graham spoke with reporters and, after telling Republicans to disregard Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, implicitly threatened Democratic politicians and nominees.
“Let me tell my Democratic friends: If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees,” Graham said.
Later, Graham accused Democrats of using Ford to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until the midterms. Graham said he felt “ambushed” and implied that someone politically motivated paid for Ford’s polygraph test, which said she was telling truth.
"I don't know who paid for her polygraph, but somebody did,” Graham said.
An activist named Robyn Swirling and numerous witnesses reported that she approached Graham and told her own story of assault. She said she was raped 13 years ago and didn’t remember the date. She then asked if Graham believed her.
“I’m sorry, but then you should go to the cops,” Graham said, according to Swirling, before disappearing into an elevator. Graham did not immediately respond to a request for comment,
Graham, who along with 10 of his Republican male colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an attorney to speak on their behalf, also said that Ford’s choice to hire attorneys made him “more suspicious.”
Cover image: Sen. Lindsey Graham listens as Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP)