Dem Senator Pushes Back Against Booker's Comment Against Kavanaugh, His Supporters: 'I Can't Say That He's Evil'

July 27, 2018

Sen. Tina Smith (D., Minn.) on Friday pushed back against a Democratic colleague for saying senators who support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee are "complicit in the evil."

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) spoke at a press conference earlier this week alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and religious leaders to talk about their opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, adding that the press conference had "nothing to do with politics."

"You are either complicit in the evil, you are either contributing to the wrong, or you are fighting against it," Booker said.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist asked Smith whether she believed Booker's comment was true.

"I think that [Kavanaugh] would interpret the Constitution in a way that I totally would disagree with," Smith said, prompting Geist to ask her again whether she believes the nominee is evil.

"I can't say that he's evil,  but I think that some of the impacts of his decisions would have great harm to the American people," Smith concluded.

Smith has voiced her opposition against Kavanaugh on Twitter since Trump announced his nomination earlier this month, saying he was "hand-picked by extremist conservative groups."

"What keeps me up at night? Thinking about cases Kavanaugh could hear on the Supreme Court. Trump is under federal investigation & Kavanaugh’s views on unchecked presidential power are questionable. YOU deserve a #SCOTUSpick that will hold a President accountable to the law," Smith tweeted.

Senate Republicans plan to hold the vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation before the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans control the Senate 51-49, but with Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) absent battling cancer, the vote is expected to come down to moderate Republicans and vulnerable Democrats in red states.