WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the political incivility witnessed during the confirmation process of Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh did not come from Republicans.
“It’s not coming from the Republican side of aisle,” McConnell said in response to a question at a news conference on Wednesday.
McConnell went on to point the finger of blame at Democrats by referencing a comment 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made in a CNN interview.
Clinton said: “You cannot be civil with a political party (Republicans) that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. “That’s why I believe, if we (Democrats) are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
The Kavanaugh confirmation process is believed by many to have been the most contentious for a nominee to the high court in modern history.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced in mid-September and threatened to derail the nomination.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Anti-Kavanaugh protests rocked Capitol Hill throughout the confirmation process.
Demonstrators interrupted hearings, blocked hallways, and participated in sit-ins in members’ offices.
Hundreds were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
McConnell praised Republicans for holding firm in the face of protests.
“I’m extremely proud of our members for last week. We stood up for that fact that you’re presumed innocent in this country and we also stood up to the efforts to intimidate us,” he told reporters.