Mitch McConnell says senators were 'literally under assault' before voting to confirm accused sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Brett Kavanaugh in July.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators “were literally under assault” in the fight to vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation.
  • Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Republican senators “were literally under assault” before voting for the Supreme Court confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, who multiple women have accused of sexual assault.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the Senate Republican Conference. We were standing up for the presumption of innocence in this country … And secondly, we were literally under assault,” McConnell said at a press conference in his home state of Kentucky, cited by The Hill. “Many of [these demonstrators] were obviously trying to get in our faces, to go to our homes. Basically almost attack us in the halls of the Capitol.”

McConnell’s statements come just days after Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham said he thought the Kavanaugh hearing was deeply unfair to now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Graham said he thought Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford was “treated well” during the hearing, but that Kavanaugh and that the “roles were reversed.”

“The slut whore drunk was Kavanaugh,” Graham told NBC News.

Three women have publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified about her experience in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said held his hand over her mouth and groped her while the two were teenagers. Deborah Ramirez said he exposed his genitals in her face during a college party at Yale University. And Julie Swetnick said Kavanaugh participated in parties in the 1980s where women, such as herself, were gang-raped after being drugged.

Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations. The Senate confirmed him to the Supreme Court Saturday 50-48, the slimmest margin in 137 years.

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