Lindsey Graham Doubles Down On Filling Seat After Originally Saying He Wouldn’t Support Nomination Of Justice During Election Year

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Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham doubled down Sunday on his promise to go ahead with the Senate process to confirm a new Supreme Court justice.

“Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department,” Graham tweeted. (RELATED: Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin Try To Bait Lindsey Graham Into Blaming Trump For Coronavirus Response)

Graham then brought up the way the Democrats had handled the last Supreme Court confirmation battle, when Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Eleventh-hour accusations of sexual misconduct had nearly derailed Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, and Graham said then that he had enough. (RELATED: Lindsey Graham Reveals How The Kavanaugh Confirmation Has Changed His Campaign Strategy)


“Democrats chose to set in motion rules changes to stack the court at the Circuit level and they chose to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s life to keep the Supreme Court seat open,” Graham continued in a second tweet. “You reap what you sow.”

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused in 2016 to give a hearing to Merrick Garland, nominated by former President Barack Obama to fill the seat left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, Graham said that he would stand against confirming a new justice in an election year. He went so far as to give his opponents permission to use his words against him.

He has since reversed on that position, saying that the Democrats have changed the rules.

“In light of these two events, I will support President @realDonaldTrump in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg,” Graham concluded. Ginsburg passed away Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old, and had served on the Supreme Court for 27 years since being appointed by former President Bill Clinton.