HBO host Bill Maher bashed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Friday for his defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying Graham needs “the stabilizing influence of his dead boyfriend,” a reference to the late Sen. John McCain.
What did he say?
“The fact that Trump can either find people like him or make him...Lindsey Graham needs the stabilizing influence of his dead boyfriend,” Maher, the host of "Real Time with Bill Maher," said during a panel discussion. He was referring to McCain, who died Aug. 25 at age 81.
Maher leveled multiple shots at Graham, including a comment that the South Carolina senator was “familiar” with the “back door.”
He also suggested that Graham's defense of Kavanaugh was a performance bid for Graham to get a position with President Donald Trump’s administration.
Graham stepped to the forefront during the Thursday hearings of Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford. She has accused the judge of a sexual assault she says happened in 1982.
Graham accused Democrats of attempting to destroy Kavanaugh, calling their actions “the most unethical sham since I've been in politics.”
“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020,” Graham told Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats. “Boy, y’all want power and I hope you don’t get it.”
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
A guest, CNN commentator April Ryan said she believes Kavanaugh spoke just to impress Trump.
“He was rehearsed. He talked about the press, he talked about the Clintons,” Ryan said. “He was too rehearsed. He was so bombastic.”
Did Maher bring Kavanaugh's daughter into it?
Maher also said Kavanaugh lied about his 10-year-old daughter praying for Blasey Ford.
“That’s what actors do!” Maher said, commenting on Kavanaugh’s emotional opening statement to the Senate committee. “They make s*** up!”
During Thursday's hearing Graham commented on the idea that Kavanaugh is going through a job interview.
"This is not a job interview," Graham said. "This is hell."