Rubio decries bitter partisanship of Kavanaugh confirmation as terrible for America

Some moderate Republicans who opposed President Donald Trump in the 2016 election are lamenting the bitter partisan divide over Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court – though others are basking in victory.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, rebuked liberals for ‘stirring rage’ and ‘gloating’ of an anticipated voter backlash.

‘SCOTUS vote was about a specific nominee facing specific & ultimately uncorroborated allegations,’ Rubio wrote in a tweet shortly after the vote. 

‘Some now gloating about how its going to help win elections. Others stir rage & now tears from victims by portraying it as referendum on sexual violence. Just terrible for America,’ wrote Rubio.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, rebuked liberals for 'stirring rage' and 'gloating' of an anticipated voter backlash

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, rebuked liberals for 'stirring rage' and 'gloating' of an anticipated voter backlash

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, rebuked liberals for ‘stirring rage’ and ‘gloating’ of an anticipated voter backlash

Rubio went on to denounce mainstream media coverage of protesters (above) that descended on the steps of the Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh's swearing in

Rubio went on to denounce mainstream media coverage of protesters (above) that descended on the steps of the Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh's swearing in

Rubio went on to denounce mainstream media coverage of protesters (above) that descended on the steps of the Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh’s swearing in

Rubio went on to denounce mainstream media coverage of protesters that descended on the steps of the Supreme Court ahead of Kavanaugh’s swearing in.

‘Imagine the coverage on cable news if an angry mob of conservatives stormed the steps of the Supreme Court building. It wouldn’t be the breathless giddiness we are seeing right now,’ Rubio wrote.

Another Republican who opposed Trump in the 2016 election, Ohio Governor John Kaisich, also issued a searing statement decrying partisanship in the nomination process.

‘American may have gained a new member of the Supreme Court, but a part of our nation’s soul was lost during this toxic process,’ Kasich said. 

Ohio Governor John Kaisich, also issued a searing statement decrying partisanship in the nomination process

Ohio Governor John Kaisich, also issued a searing statement decrying partisanship in the nomination process

Ohio Governor John Kaisich, also issued a searing statement decrying partisanship in the nomination process

‘The zero-sum game environment we are in today, where many are focused on winning at all costs instead of what’s best for our country, must end if we ever wish to begin healing these partisan divisions and tackling some of the most serious problems facing our nation,’ the governor continued.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another former ‘Never Trumper’ who ran for president in 2016, took a starkly different tone, though.

‘I’m not tired of winning……..Victory!’ Graham tweeted, along with a photo of himself smiling with Kavanaugh.

Graham’s transition from moderate to staunch Trump defender appeared to unfold almost in real time during the confirmation process, most notably when he reclaimed his time during last week’s blockbuster hearing to issue a fiery denouncement of Democrats.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another former 'Never Trumper' who ran for president in 2016, took a starkly different tone

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another former 'Never Trumper' who ran for president in 2016, took a starkly different tone

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another former ‘Never Trumper’ who ran for president in 2016, took a starkly different tone

On Saturday night, he stuck strongly by his vote to confirm Kavanaugh. 

‘Brett Kavanaugh is exactly the right person, at the right time to serve on the Supreme Court,’ Graham wrote on Twitter.

‘A conservative jurist. A good man with the background and experience worthy of this high honor.’

The Senate confirmed Kavnaugh in a 50-48 vote at around 4pm on Saturday. He was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday night.

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