Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath gave Kentucky Democrats whiplash yesterday after flipping on her support for Justice Brett Kavanaugh twice in 24 hours.
McGrath — who is hoping to take down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — was asked in an interview with the Courier-Journal if she would have voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, despite the sexual assault controversy that plagued his nomination.
The Democrat tried to walk a middle line, noting that she believed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was “credible” but said she would have voted to confirm the judge anyway.
“I didn’t listen to all of the [nomination] hearings. I don’t think there was anything, and I’m not a lawyer or a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I don’t know the criteria. But I was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh, what I felt like were the far-right stances that he had. However, there was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.”
McGrath later added that she didn’t think the accusations against Kavanaugh should be disqualifying.
“I think it’s credible but given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don’t think it would really disqualify him,” McGrath told the Courier-Journal, later adding, “I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him.”
It didn’t take long for people to dig up tweets from McGrath during last year’s hearing, where she made it clear she opposed Kavanaugh.
I echo the concerns over the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. He's been against women’s reproductive rights, workers' rights, consumer protections, and is a hardcore partisan. But we are reminded, again, that elections have consequences, and this will be with us for a generation. https://t.co/FNMOVeRSQm
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 10, 2018
After McGrath started taking heat for flipping her position on Kavanaugh once, she decided the best thing to do would be to flip her position again. She took to Twitter to explain that, actually, she wouldn’t have voted for Kavanaugh.
I know I disappointed many today with my initial answer on how I would have voted on Brett Kavanaugh. I will make mistakes and always own up to them. The priority is defeating Mitch McConnell.
— Amy McGrath (@AmyMcGrathKY) July 11, 2019
Several people took to Twitter to tear McGrath to shreds for flipping on the issue twice and igniting a dumpster fire during her first full day as a candidate against McConnell.
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 10, 2019
One of the faster flips of all time.
This was one of the biggest stories of 2018… how could you now know your position?
Seems Democrats are not allowed to have thoughts or positions that don’t entirely align with Dem groupthink.
Remember that when they tell you otherwise. https://t.co/vGyn7lcit6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2019
One year ago, liberal KY Senate candidate Amy McGrath cited grave concerns about Justice Kavanaugh.
In 24 hours, she flip-flop-flipped.
It's just the latest example of the embarrassment that awaits Democrats in 2020.https://t.co/WBdbuFNr74
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 11, 2019
Is it too late for Amy McGrath to flip on her decision to run, too? Asking for…Amy McGrath.
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 11, 2019
Amy McGrath explaining why she flip-flopped on Kavanaugh just hours into her campaign against Cocaine Mitch. pic.twitter.com/JVwaiqG7nF
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 11, 2019
Even McConnell’s campaign got in on the fun, taking to Twitter to land a jab of their own.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) July 10, 2019
While McGrath’s team likely hoped for a smoother rollout, they still have time to right the ship. Election day is still 480 days away.