Lindsey Graham Furious with Progressives
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) rebuked progressives over their criticism of Judge J. Michele Childs, a district court nominee who was also his preferred pick for the Supreme Court, accusing leftists of maintaining a double standard against GOP nominees.
Graham’s remarks came shortly before Kentanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing kicked off.
“The attacks from the left against Judge Childs was really pretty vicious, to be honest with you,” Graham said.
“This game is particularly disturbing to me because there’s been a wholesale effort of the left to take down a nominee from my state. And I don’t like it very much,” he said. “I’ll have a response and I don’t expect it to reward that way of playing the game.”
Graham’s comments seem to indicate that he’ll be a “no” vote on President Joe Biden’s nominee, roughly one year after voting to put her on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“So you say, Judge Jackson, you don’t have any judicial philosophy, per se?” Graham said. “Well, somebody on the left believes you do, or they wouldn’t have spent the money they spent to have you in this chair.”
“I think it does matter that the groups that came to your aid at the expense of Judge Childs – how did that happen and why were they doing what they were doing?” Graham said. “What is it about your nomination that the most liberal people… threw in their money, their time, their support and threatened Joe Biden if he picked Judge Childs?”