Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue angrily accused his Democratic colleagues Wednesday of “inciting dangerous behavior” to delay confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“I’ve very troubled today by the extreme measures that we see,” Perdue said at the start of a 10-minute speech on the Senate floor. “I’m outraged actually.”
Perdue mentioned a “personal incident” he and his wife experienced. He was apparently referring to the two women who approached him at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Monday. They asked Perdue if he agreed the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh should be fully investigated. Perdue said nothing and kept walking. They followed him to his car and continued asking him questions until he got into his car with his wife, who had been walking behind him, and drove away. The women posted a video of the interaction on YouTube. A group identified as devoted to “equality and inclusion”—@CPDAction—tweeted it.
“When paid activists who support you attack my wife, you’ve gone too far,” Perdue said, apparently addressing Democrats. “You are inciting this.”
The senator said the latest FBI probe is redundant and unnecessary and he hopes it will be finished in the coming hours and the vote will take place. “It’s time to put this sad saga to bed,” Perdue said.
Perdue’s office released a video of his speech along with highlights from it. Following are some of them.
“The United States Senate has become nothing more than a bully pulpit for someone’s special cause when it should be a deliberative body. We should be finding the truth here. My Democrat colleagues talk all the time about working in a bipartisan way. Yet when you get in the heat of the battle, nothing could be further from the truth. This is bigger than confirming Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. This is about civility in our country.”
Democrats ‘Will Stop at Nothing’
“Senate Democrats have made it clear, they’re willing to say or do anything to stop the president’s agenda. One of my Democratic colleagues called Judge Kavanaugh ‘your worst nightmare.’ Another called him a nominee who wants to ‘pave the path of tyranny.’ Yet another said that this Supreme Court confirmation would ‘mean the destruction of the Constitution.’ Seriously? Worst of all, another one of my Democratic colleagues said, anyone who supports Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is ‘complicit in the evil.’ Really? … Senate Democrats have become so far removed from getting to the truth that they will stop at nothing to delay this Supreme Court confirmation.”
“One of my Democratic colleagues in this body has encouraged people to, ‘get in the face of some congresspeople.’ Really? How does that move the cause of justice forward? The House minority leader wants to see ‘uprisings all over the country.’ Seriously? Another member of the House said, ‘They’re not going to be able to go to a restaurant’—talking about Republicans. ‘They’re not going to be able to stop at a gasoline station. They’re not going to be able to shop at a department store. The people are going to turn on them. They’re going to protest. They’re going to absolutely harass them until they decide that they’re going to tell the president they can no longer hang with him.’ The same member of the House also said, ‘if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, department store, gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd. You push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome.’”
“It is clear that this is all a well-orchestrated effort to cause delay and push this decision past the election. Shame on any member of this body, Republican or Democrat, that puts self-interest and political interest before their constitutional responsibility.”
“It’s time to put partisan politics and delays behind us. It’s time to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. It’s time for United States senators to reread their oath of office, to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and to make sure that what we say in this body is the best and the very best America has to offer.”