Wallace clashes with Trey Gowdy over Lindsey Graham, Supreme Court confirmations

Fox News host Chris Wallace got destroyed by former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Monday during a heated discussion about the opening day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

According to the Washington Examiner, Wallace attempted to take a shot at Republicans, but Gowdy stepped in to defend his former colleagues — specifically fellow Palmetto State politician, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Gowdy defends Graham

Wallace, for his part, had noted that Senate confirmation votes are now almost always marked by partisan politics, in contrast to the bipartisan confirmations of decades past.

The Fox anchor asked Gowdy: “Is it civics that the Republicans blocked the Merrick Garland nomination 269 days before the election, and they’re pushing this one through now 22 days, or is it pure politics?”

Gowdy, a regular contributor to Fox in his retirement, answered that while the move is political, it’s Republicans — including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham — who have treated justices fairly, not Democrats.

“It’s pure, raw politics,” Gowdy said, according to the Examiner.

He continued: “But also what is pure, raw politics is the one Republican who has actually done what most of us want to see, which is treat Supreme Court justices fairly, is Lindsey Graham, who voted for Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, and the reward for that is a historic level of money pouring in trying to kick him out of the Senate.”

Graham in a tight race

Gowdy was correct to note that Graham had set partisanship aside and voted to confirm both of former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominations, Justices Elena Kagen and Sonia Sotomayor, yet is now facing the toughest re-election battle of his career in South Carolina.

Graham’s Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, had raised a record-setting $57 million in campaign donations in just the third fiscal quarter, Politico reported.

The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows the South Carolina Senate race statistically deadlocked and labeled as a toss-up, a marked change from the 15% margin of victory Graham enjoyed in his last re-election race in 2014. Perhaps the shout-out from Gowdy, however, will give Graham a must-needed boost.

Watch Gowdy’s full exchange with Wallace below:

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