Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal op-ed on “Fox & Friends” Friday and said he had a right to hit back against Democratic attacks.
“Well, I’m sure that there was a conversation about whether or not to do it,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends” Friday. “I don’t think he just did it on his own.” (RELATED: If Kavanaugh Nomination Fails, America Won’t See A Conservative Supreme Court Justice In Our Lifetime, Says Newt Gingrich)
In the Thursday article, Kavanaugh explained why he lost his temper at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over allegations he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford while the two were in high school, but asked readers to understand he “was there as a son, husband and dad.”
Kavanaugh also recapped his legal career and claimed to be an independently minded jurist.
“My guess is that they have been getting pushback from some of the senators about the tone of some of what he said and he was trying to find a way to say, look, ‘There was a unique moment in my life,'” he continued.
“‘My family and I had been smeared and attacked. And you’re right — I was emotional because frankly, I deeply, bitterly resented my daughters and my wife being subject to this. But, on balance, my entire career as a judge has shown that I’m very, very neutral.'”
Gingrich charged the Democrats with slinging mud at Kavanaugh in the hopes that something would stick and said they’ve tried every trick in the book to kill his confirmation.
“I think it’s because, you know, when the Democrats failed on attacking him over sex, they switched to attacking him over drinking. When that started to fail, they switched to attacking him over his temperament,” he concluded. “And so in a sense, he’s playing whack-a-mole and he’s answering the latest Democratic effort to undermine his nomination.”
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