Sen. Kennedy: 'This Entire Thing Makes Me Want to Heave'

By Susan Jones | October 2, 2018 | 6:15 AM EDT

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 27. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - "This entire thing makes me want to heave," Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Fox News Monday night, after hearing part of an NBC News interview with Judge Brett Kavanaugh's third accuser, Julie Swetnick.

Swetnick, represented by Trump-hating attorney Michael Avenatti, is now changing key parts of her story, saying she "cannot specifically say that he (Kavanaugh) was one of the ones who assaulted me. I saw him around the punch -- I wouldn't say bowls, the punch containers, I don't know what he did. But I saw him by them." (She earlier insinuated that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge had spiked the punch to make party girls targets for gang rape.)


Kennedy told Fox New's Martha McCallum:

If you think this is about searching for the truth, you ought to put down the bong. This is not about the truth. This is about gamesmanship and power, political politics. It's just that simple. Miss Swetnick, there is no corroboration. She says that she attended ten gang rapes at which judge Kavanaugh was supposedly involved. She didn't report any of them.

She is represented by Mr. Avenatti, who has done his dead-level best to make this all about Mr. Avenatti. I don't think anybody in the Milky Way could be surprised that the Democrats are yet again moving the goal posts. There is nothing we can do to get our Democratic friends to consider voting for Judge Kavanaugh. The only way to make them happy is to pull him down and I guess dig up Bill Douglas and nominate him. And anybody else who thinks otherwise is just kidding themselves.

Look, this is what the Democrats say. They say that Brett Kavanaugh is a rich, drunk, lying, sexual predator. He's been through six FBI background checks, each of which is a cross between an endoscopy and colonoscopy, and none of this was turned up. Now he is going through the seventh one, which the Democrats demanded, and we are not even halfway through probably, and now they're unhappy with that. Give me a break.

I mean, I think -- and then the people up here in Washington, the cosmopolitan cultured crowd, they think the American people are stupid. The American people have figured this out, regardless of what they think about judge Kavanaugh. They've figured this out.

Kennedy said it's time for "senators to be senators" and to cast a vote. "And to grow some guts. And to woman-up or man-up and cast a vote. And the longer we wait, the more allegations are going to come out."

Kennedy noted that a professor in North Carolina, a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's, has just come forward with claims that Kavanaugh lied to Congress about the extent of his drinking. The man told CNN, "I have seen Brett drunk to the point he could easily be passed out. ... I never saw him passed out, but I saw him quite drunk."

This classmate says Kavanaugh was a "belligerent and aggressive" drunk; and he says he witnessed Kavanaugh start a bar fight "that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail."

In reaction, Sen. Kennedy said, "I'm going to stand by what I said two weeks ago. This is a freak show. Intergalactic freak show. It's a grotesque carnival. And it's only going to get worse. I am embarrassed for the United States senate. We have hit bottom and started to dig."

Kennedy said he really doesn't know if there are enough botes to confirm Kavanaugh, but it's time to find out: "Like wine, it's not going to get better with time," he said.

As for the FBI investigation, "It's never going to be enough" for Democrats, Kennedy said.

"When we finish with the FBI investigation, the Democrats will argue, well, they're going to argue he doesn't have the -- well, they called him a rich, drunk, lying, sexual predator. And the man took offense to that. And they say as a result he doesn't have the demeanor to get on -- to be in the Supreme court? They must really think the American people are stupid."

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