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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - People are praising the way U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh handled the Democrats' smear campaign during Thursday's hearings.
The hearings pertained to an accusation of sexual abuse by Christine Blasey Ford. Ford claims that, when they were in high school in the 1980s, Kavanaugh and a male friend locked her in a room and Kavanaugh got on top of her and groped her.
Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh hit back hard against the Democratic senators, saying the hearing process had devolved into a "circus" and a "national disgrace."
John Zmirak, a Catholic writer for The Stream, commented to Church Militant on the judge's opening statement: "Kavanaugh's statement was powerful and persuasive, the voice of an innocent man who'd restrained his righteous anger for longer than seemed humanly possible."
Catholic journalist George Neumayr told Church Militant that it was "gratifying" to watch how Kavanaugh faced the "brutal" grilling but "would push back and would not allow them to smear him."
Zmirak said that, on a scale of one to 10, "The Democrats' grandstanding was at 11 during Ford's testimony. It receded to seven during Kavanaugh's, simply because at last someone was pushing back — a nominee and several senators with the truth on their side, and a lot more IQ points to boot."
Zmirak wrote an article published Friday about the Judiciary Committee proceedings. He said in the article, "This was a three-ring circus, without the elephants, where the clowns were all creepy and the acrobats fell from the trapeze, to crash on the floor and die."
His article also stated:
Kavanaugh's testimony was clear and confident, impassioned and persuasive. There is no good reason to believe Ford's account over his. In fact, since the witnesses she herself named all contradict her, and there is not one scintilla of evidence to support her charges, it would be a travesty to believe them. And a deadly, chilling precedent.
Neumayr spoke to Kavanaugh's chances of getting approved by the Senate and entering the Supreme Court. He noted that Kavanaugh "may now have majority support for his confirmation."
Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), long thought to be a swing vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation, announced Thursday night his support for the Supreme Court nominee. In a statement shared on Twitter, he called Kavanaugh "qualified to serve on the Supreme Court."
Likewise, Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced on Friday that he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. He said, "I believe that the constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well. I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh."
Flake had initially said he was uncertain which way to vote after Thursday's committee hearings.
The Judiciary Committee heard first from Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser. Then, after a recess, they heard from Kavanaugh himself.
During his opening statement, Kavanaugh blasted the committee, saying, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace."
"There has been a frenzy on the Left to come up with something, anything, to oppose my nomination," Kavanaugh said.
Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) asked Kavanaugh about the other women's allegations that have been made public since Ford's allegation was leaked. Kavanaugh repeated his denial of all of them, saying, "The Swetnick thing is a joke! That is a farce!"
This was a reference to the allegation by Julie Swetnick, who claims she watched a teenaged Kavanaugh "drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking 'No' for an answer."
At one point during the hearings, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) erupted in a harsh condemnation of the Democrats for politicizing the confirmation hearing.
"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics," Graham said.
Graham said to his Democratic colleagues, "What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020."
The senator from South Carolina also said, "You're looking for a fair process? You came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend."