Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina explained on Monday that if by some chance Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one vote short from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump should re-nominate him prior to midterms elections.
“What would happen if something really weird did occur and we’re one vote short?” Graham said to Sean Hannity on Fox News. “Here’s what I would tell the president: I would appeal the verdict of the Senate to the ballot box.”
“This good man should not be destroyed if you legitimize this process by one vote short … I would feel horrible that we destroyed Kavanaugh,” Graham continued. “So what would I do? I would renominate him, and I would take this case to the American people. 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.”(RELATED: Lindsey Graham Doesn’t Hold Back In Response To Avenatti Bombshell: ‘I Am Not Going To Be Played’)
Democratic senators who are up for re-election in red states are largely facing an uphill battle in light of the divide on Kavanaugh’s nomination following allegations of sexual misconduct. A recent poll showed that 49 percent of Missouri voters were less likely to vote for Sen. Claire McCaskill after she announced she would not be voting for Kavanaugh.
Voters in North Dakota and West Virginia overwhelmingly want Kavanaugh to be confirmed, by over a 30-point margin. Neither Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp nor Joe Manchin have announced how they intend to vote.
“This would be an appeal from a political body to the people who put us here,” Graham said. “I think we’re going to get 50 plus [yes votes], but if we fell one vote short, for the good of the nation I would appeal this to the people of the country and let them have a say.”
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