U.S. Sen. Cindy-Hyde Smith, R-Miss., continued to defend her support for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of "manipulation of the confirmation process" and "a disservice to victims of sexual violence" in a tweet.
Senate Democrats pushed for an investigation into allegations of sexual assault that multiple women leveled against Kavanaugh. After a limited investigation, one Democrat joined 49 Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, Oct. 6. The 50-48 vote was the narrowest one to confirm a justice to the highest court in the land in more than a century.
Hyde-Smith tweeted a video that afternoon in which she suggested accusers of President Trump's Supreme Court pick and Democratic opponents were on the side of "evil."
"Today, good won over evil," Hyde-Smith said. "There's been a lot that's happened this week that we're gonna have to get past, and I just want to move forward here on a positive note. I think he is going to be a great Supreme Court justice and serve the country well."
On Tuesday, Trump, too, suggested Kavanaugh's opponents are "evil."
"I'm just saying you have forces saying things that were evil," Trump said. "They were bad people, and he is a very, very fine man, and what was said about him should never have been said."
In a press release on the day of the vote, Mike Espy, Hyde-Smith's Democratic opponent in November's U.S. Senate special election, accused her of ignoring the sexual assault allegations in order to confirm "a judge with partisan ideals she agrees with."
"My opponent rushed to judgment when she ran to vote 'yes' on Brett Kavanaugh," Espy said. "It was a decision influenced not by duty to the Constitution or to the people of Mississippi but by party."
In September, Christine Blasey Ford alleged in testimony to the Senate Judiciary