McConnell: "The country is going to be just fine"

10/08/2018 02:52 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says despite deep divisions over the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh—everything will be okay.

While speaking to reporters Monday before heading to Washington D.C. for the swearing-in ceremony of the newest Supreme Court Justice, McConnell spoke about the nomination process, and the deep divide that the country is experiencing.

“The country is going to be just fine, I think a lot of young people who have not experienced a lot of low points think that whatever problems we are having at any given moment are unique,” he said. “This is nowhere near as significant as what was going on in the sixties —when we were fighting our way through the whole civil rights issues and coming out in the right place. I’m positive and upbeat about the country.”

Protests have taken place nationwide since allegations of sexual misconduct were made public against Justice Kavanaugh. The protests drew thousands to the nation’s capitol—and even at times in front of McConnell’s Washington D.C. home—but McConnell attributes the “in your face” protests for taking the confirmation across the finish line.

“The tactics were very helpful to me in unifying our side,” McConnell said. “I think there were two things that inspired our people to confirm this nominee. One—presumption of innocence, there was no corroborating evidence. Number two, their tactics were designed to intimidate.”

With elections just 30 days away, McConnell believes the confirmation of Kavnaugh will help fend off a blue wave.

“What I think this has done for us is provide an adrenaline shot that we have not been able to figure out how to achieve in any other way.” he said.

McConnell attributes this victory as “single most important thing” he’s been involved with in his career.

“These opportunities have not come along that often for us (Republicans), and I do think it is the most consequential thing that I’ve been involved in my times as leader.” he said.

While McConnell is singing the praises of the newest judge, Kentucky’s only Democratic member of Congress views Saturday as a stain on American history. Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said he believes Kavanaugh’s nomination will be the nail in the coffin for the Republican party.

“This will be remembered as a dark day in U.S. history. Today, the Republican Senate majority told survivors of sexual assault everywhere that their stories don’t matter, that the truth doesn’t matter,” Yarmuth said in a statement Saturday. “They gave a deeply unpopular and blatantly dishonest partisan a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, under a cloud of credible allegations, for the most political and ideological of reasons. I believe that the American people will refuse to stand for this and the Republican Party will very soon regret their betrayal.”

Kavanaugh is the second judge McConnell has helped secure to the Supreme Court. The first was Justice Neil Gorsuch—after McConnell blocked then President Barack Obama’s nomination for the high court, Merrick Garland.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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